Milena Kitic

Milena Kitic
Milena Kitic, a renowned mezzo-soprano, has performed numerous roles with opera companies around the world in the last three decades.

Perhaps best known for her performance as the title role in Carmen, Kitic has played Carmen in major performance venues across the United States and Europe with Belgrade, Serbia Opera (former Yugoslavia), Essen Opera in Germany, Washington, D.C. Opera, Baltimore Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Opera Pacific, and Metropolitan Opera.

She has received numerous accolades for her performances, including the German Music Critic's Award for "Performer of the Season'' in 1998 and the Opera Pacific Guild's "Diva of the Year" in 2005. The International Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Belgrade, Serbia, has established a special prize for "the best young mezzo-soprano" in Kitic's name.

Her talent earned her the inaugural Artist-in-Residence Award given by Chapman University in Orange, California, where she is an adjunct professor and master class instructor. She also works closely with the Orange County High School of the Arts, as well as many Universities and Music Organizations in So Cal and runs a private Milena Kitic Vocal Studio.

Kitic currently serves as chair of artistic excellence at LA Opera with whom she most recently performed the role of Carmen, Albine in "Thais" (with Placido Domingo), Mrs. Noah in "Noah's Flood", and Suzuki in "Madame Butterfly" (both conducted by Mo. J. Conlon). Among other most recent performances are her "signature" role of Carmen and Amneris in Aida with the Pacific Symphony in Costa Mesa, CA, grand opening concert of Chapman University's Musco Center for the Arts and the role of The Witch in Hansel and Gretel with Symphonic Society of Orange County.

Kitic presently resides in Newport Beach, California.