Join an International Opera Singer Gordana Kostić on 25 April 2015, at 8 p.m. at St Sava’s Church Hall (16 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10010), where she will perform a recital ‘Unhappy in Love’. The programme will include famous arias by Dvorak, Puccini, Bizet, Mozart, Verdi and many others with piano accompanied by Janet Bishop.
Gordana Kostić was born is Serbia and is now permanently based in London, UK. Gordana is privileged to be working with worldwide renowned opera star Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Gordana holds an MMus Degree in Performance Studies, Advanced Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Singing from the Trinity College of Music in London where she was supported by Aurelius and Leverhulme Foundation. She is also a graduate in singing from the Faculty of Music, University of Art in Belgrade, Serbia. Throughout her stadies she was also awarded grants by Kathleen Trust, Wax Chandlers Livery Company, Helen Elder Memorial Trust, Rivendell Trust, William Cox Memorial Trust, UK and Opus 50 Investments, Australia. Gordana also won First Prize in the Orpheus Laureates Solo Singing Competition.
Gordana’s opera engagements include the title roles in Carmen and The Coronation of Poppea, Mimi in La Boheme, Cio-Cio San in Madam Butterfly, Despina in Cosi fan tutte, Micaela and Frassquita in Carmen, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, Dama Disincatata & Altra Domigella in Francesca Caccini’sLa Liberazione di Ruggiero dall’Isola dal’Alcina, Mary in British premier of Brunel’s Kingdom etc. She has also toured the USA visiting 62 cities with Columbia Artist Management, performing Kate Pinkerton in Madam Butterfly.
Alongside her operatic career, Gordana Kostić has extensive Lieder and Oratorio repertoire. Her concert and opera appearances include several visits to Spain, Israel, USA, France, Ireland, Hungary, Bermuda, Italy Serbia and the performances at the prestigious International Opera Festival in Miskolc, Hungary, The Royal Festival Hall, Fairfield Hall, St John’s Smith Square, St Martins- in- the Field, St James Piccadilly, London, Brighton Festival, Kolarac (Belgrade) etc. Gordana has also performed with conductors and pianists such as Robin Stapleton, Julius Drake, David Syrus, Mark Packwood, James Gaddarn, Andrea Quinn, Sir Philip Ledger, etc. Gordana has countless appearances on the Serbian National TV, Bermudan TV, including an interview with the Radio Free Europe, UK regarding her own recitals with philosophical and challenging context called “War Through the Centuries” listened by millions around Europe.
Gordana’s future engagements include performances in New York, Paris, recital at the Schubert Society in London, recording with Reményi Chamber Orchestra, Hungary and concert tours of UAE, Caribbean Islands, USA, Mexico Colombia, Turkey, Portugal etc.
Janet Bishop studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Dennis Murdoch and Frederick Jackson and organ with C.H. Trevor, after obtaining a scholarship from her home county of Yorkshire.
Janet’s work encompasses different styles of vocal repertoire from Opera and Lieder to musicals, as well as a wide range of experience working with instrumentalists. In addition to concert work, she has been a member of The British Federation of Festivals, working for many years with several festivals, including those of Bromley, Beckenham and Blackheath. Janet has toured throughout the UK working for “Tano Rea Presents”, most recently playing for The Great Big Gilbert and Sullivan Show at the Grand Theatre in Swansea, “Spun Gold Promotions” and “Aspects of Opera” . For several years she was the pianist for “Grim’s Dyke Opera Company” in Hertfordshire. (Grim’s Dyke was W. S. Gilbert’s home ) and in recent years has been involved with Singers’ Summer Schools in Wales’ , as well as ‘Workshops for Singers.’ Janet’s future engagements among others include many more opera recitals with Gordana Kostić.