Tamara Radjenovic Biography
Tamara Radjenovic is British Montenegrin soprano residing in the United Kingdom. Young soprano listed on the ’’30 under 30’’ Forbes Europe list for Art and Culture 2023 has also proudly been Council of Europe ambassador on their campaign ’’Block the hatred, share the love’’.
Tamara’s mission is that through combining her classically trained voice and classical instruments/orchestra bring different perspective on classical music to wider audience. For her, music does not have boundaries and in the world we live in, we need to collaborate with all the art forms we are offered in this world of diversity.
Tamara graduated from the Royal College of Music, London which is for many years number one ranked music conservatory in the world. She was offered the scholarship to do her Masters’ degree at the same college.
Her talent was also confirmed by worldwide famous opera diva Montserrat Caballe. Tamara had a special honor to work with Montserrat since the age of 19 until the end of Montserrat’s life when Tamara was 23 years old. Tamara performed at Montserrat Caballe’s Gala concerts at Auditorio de Zaragoza for 2 years. Today, Tamara is the part of Montserrat Caballe’s foundation for which she performed at Christmas concert in Barcelona raising the funds for young artists.
After graduating, Tamara was endorsed by the Arts Council England and consequently gained her residency in the United Kingdom with her strong desire to make the UK her artistic home from which she goes to the world.
So far, Tamara has performed in 14 countries such as England, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Romania, Mauritius, the United States.
One of the highlights in career so far are 2 solo concerts at the temple of music- Carnegie Hall in New York City. She debuted there when she was 23. Tamara performed at Carnegie hall with Operalia winner tenor Mario Chang and soprano Majo Morales accompanied by Royal Opera House pianist and director of Verbier Atelier Lyrique Caroline Dowdle. The following year Tamara performed with acclaimed pianist and coach from Manhattan School of Music Djordje Nešić. Due to pandemic, her 3rd performance at Carnegie Hall was cancelled.
Tamara also has a remarkable success in Serbia where she, so far, had 5 performances at the famous Kolarac Concert Hall in Belgrade (of which 3 solistic concerts with Metropolitan opera star David Bižić, Manhattan school of music renowned pianist Djordje Nešić, orchestra Makris, RTS trumpet player Nikola Mijajlović and conductor Predrag Gosta). As the concert in December 2022 had a huge success followed by the sold out auditorium, Tamara decided to make it as a tradition and have New Year’s concert at Kolarac Concert Hall every year.
In December 2023, she made a performance with Belgrade Classic symphony orchestra and choir led by Maestro Srboljub Dinic and solo violinist Robert Lakatos.
Some of the critics describe her performances:
’With all the praise for her finely shaped lyrical voice, authentic beauty of stature and face, respectable vocal school, precision in singing (despite the imperceptible effort in purely reaching demanding heights), she is undoubtedly an artist with a promising career’’ – Dnevnik RS
‘’Easily performing coloraturas, precise leaps, having power in all the registers, changing the genres, countries and styles she was fearlessly walking on the rope giving all of herself, all of her voice and emotions through different epoques, places while singing some of the most famous and difficult arias from Rossini, Bellini, Offenbach and Delibes in the first part of the concert while in the second she was singing some of the modern pieces still very demanding but liberating for her way of creating music.’’ Gordana Krajacic
Belgrade has a special meaning to her since Tamara was born in Belgrade.
Tamara is very proud to present her music videos on the British Canadian Stingray C music television. She is very focused on doing these projects. She thinks it is the way to bring classical/film music to the wider audience. However, this was also her response to the pandemic which made the whole classical music industry shut down and it still has consequences. So far, she published 6 music videos from 2021 until 2023.
Her music video for ‘’Por una cabeza’’ is the highlight of C music TV for January 2024 as well as ‘’Parla piu piano’’ for March 2023 and ’’La rosa y el sauce’’ for May 2022.
In the production of National Television of Montenegro, Tamara did 2 music videos- for National Anthem of Montenegro and Anthem of Europe. Both of the projects are streamed every morning and every evening on the National Television of Montenegro since October 2023.
Tamara with whole heart is willing to support humanitarian causes. She performed numerous times at the charity events. Some of the recent events were Sava ball at Hofburg palace in Vienna in January 2024 as well as raising money for Montenegrin children’s hospitals in London called ‘’St Sava ball’’. She also performed for the humanitarian organization Lifeline at Claridge’s, London whose patron is HRH Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia.
Before the pandemic, Tamara had her concert debut at St James’s Piccadilly in London with Carlos Conde and Wai-Yin Lee in February 2020. In the same month, she had her concert debut at the Montenegrin National Theatre. She sang in Chinese also for Chinese New Year celebration at the Amaryllis Fleming concert hall in London.
In October 2019, she performed a concert with her colleague from college and amazing star British pianist Oliver Poole at the Opus Theatre in Hastings, England as the part of Opus’s ‘’ World Series’’.
During the Summer of 2019, Tamara had debuts at 2 internationally acclaimed festivals in Montenegro: Kotor Art and Theatre City Budva. Both of the solo concerts she had at the festivals were critically acclaimed. The newspapers reviewed her performance for the Theatre City Budva festival as ‘’a music performance to be remembered from such a young, talented star’’.
She was delighted to perform with Spanish tenor Marc Sala at the Teatre de Sarria in Barcelona (with whom she sang at the Gala concert of Montserrat Caballe in 2014 in Zaragoza).
Tamara participated in European Music Institute Vienna where she performed at the Schloss Laudon in Vienna in August 2019.
She had a privilege to have a solo concert at the City Hall of Novi Sad, Serbia in 2018 for the Kotor’s Nikola Đurković cultural centre as well as New Year’s solo concert in Kotor, Montenegro.
Some of the earlier achievements are her debut as Mimi in 2017 in La Bohème at the Mediterranean Opera Studio Festival in Sicily, Italy under the baton of Leonardo Catalanotto.
Tamara had a good cooperation with the Russian cultural centre ‘’Pushkin House’’ in London. In 2016, she performed at the first Medtner Festival in London which was supported by Russian Embassy and Pushkin House in London as well as British cultural organizations and for the concert dedicated to the Romanovs family in 2019.
Tamara was the part of the Oper Oder Spree Festival in Beeskow, Germany in Summer 2015 where she had performances with Prussian Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Frank Zacher.
In London, she performed at the Britten theatre in the roles of Anne in Merry Wives of Windsor, Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Helena in Midummer night’s dream, Romilda in Serse. She also performed at the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, St Mary Abbot’s, St Olave’s and Victoria and Albert Museum.
As very determinated from the young age to study opera singing, when she was 17 (in 2012), Tamara performed with the members of the Wiener Philharmoniker in Salzburg at the opera project for the youngsters (in cooperation with the American Austrian Foundation and the Wiener Philhamoniker).
Throughout her studies, she had an opportunity to sing at the master classes of Montserrat Caballé, Sylvia Schwartz, Edita Garčević Koželj, Dmitry Alexeev (as a piano and voice masterclass), Patricia MacMahon, Lynn Eustis and Snežana Stamenković.
Other early achievements are seven First Prizes at the National and International competitions in Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia as well as Special Prize Winner- Laureate at the International Festival Bruna Špiler in Montenegro.