Valentina Fijačko Kobić
Soprano Valentina Fijačko is one of the most prominent personalities on Croatia’s present-day operatic and concert scenes. Her suggestive singing and acting skills coupled with her spontaneous interpretation have been warmly received at the Croatian national theatres of Split, Zagreb, Rijeka and Osijek, as well at Croatia’s major music festivals. Fijačko began to study singing in her native town of Varaždin. She graduated and obtained her MA degree in singing from the Zagreb University’s Academy of Music under Lidija Horvat Dunjko, and continued her studies in Vienna under the renowned music pedagogue and the Kammersängerin title holder Olivera Miljaković.
During her studies, Fijačko took part in many national and international competitions, and was a two-time 1st Prize winner in the Dubrovnik Students Music and Dance Competition (2001 and 2003). Her other prizes include the Zagreb Academy of Music Dean’s Award, the University of Zagreb Rector’s Award, the Marija Borčić Award for the Best Student at the Zagreb Academy of Music’s Singing Department, the Ivo Vuljević Best Young Musician Award (2003), the Zagreb Philharmonic and PBZ American Express Best Young Musician Award (2004), the Croatian Theatre Award (2007), the Croatian National Theatre of Split’s Antun Marušić Award for outstanding achievements in the season 2007/2008, and the Milka Trnina Award (2008).
In 2001, Fijačko made her Croatian National Theatre of Zagreb debut singing the role of Lauretta in Giacomo Puccini opera Gianni Schicchi. From September 2003 to the end of 2006, she was engaged as a soloist at the Croatian National Theatre of Osijek Opera, and from January 2007 she has been a member of the Croatian National Theatre of Split Opera. Appearing on a regular basis at four major Croatian opera houses (Split, Zagreb, Rijeka and Osijek) for two decades, Valentina Fijačko is considered the Croatian opera audiences’ favourite singer.
Performing extensively on the concert stage as well, Valentina Fijačko has worked with Croatia’s most distinguished conductors and symphonic ensembles, interpreting suggestively a large number of style-wise diverse compositions by Giovanni Pergolesi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gioachino Rossini, Giuseppe Verdi, Juraj Wiesner Morgenstern, Richard Strauss, Leoš Janáček, Arthur Honegger, Benjamin Britten and Igor Kuljerić.