Marija Jelic is a rising star in the Opera, recently making her American debut at Carnegie Hall.
Jelic is from Serbia and sings as a soprano, which is the highest human vocal register for an Opera performer. She made her grand debut alongside American pianist Anthony Manoli. Jelic described the experience as exciting and was satisfied with the reaction of the audience. Both received a vast amount of ovations after each number. Jelic describes the feeling as an unexpected reaction from the audience. “Power of Destiny” showcased Rachmaninoff’s Russian songs, opera arias written by master composers Verdi and Puccini. Including repertoire from Turandot, Madame Butterfly, Forza del Destino, and Otello.
Jelic spoke with The Knockturnal about her performance and expressed how she hopes to return to Carnegie Hall to perform again. She began in music at the age of 9 by playing the flute and transitioned into singing opera. She auditioned and sang at several locations, such as the National Theater in Belgrade, where she passed an audition for an opera studio. She performed at the opening of Ohrid summer festival 2020, Beethoven 9th symphony in Plovdiv summer festival, Micaela in Carmen concert version with Elina Garanca in Ljubljana summer festival 2021, concert with Jerusalem symphony orchestra, and production of La Boheme with the role of Mimi in Israel and Estonia in 2021.