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Montenegro Opera Festival 2016 – Opera in the street?
Sofija Perovic is Doctor of Musical Arts and Phd in Literature (both from University of Belgrade) - harpsichordist, stage director, actress, literary critic and author, she holds three master’s degrees: in harpsichord from the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade (class of professors Miloš Petrović and Zorica Ćetković), in French literature from the Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade (she was the youngest student to enroll this faculty at the age of 16) and Master 2 degree in Theatre studies - Opera directing from Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris (class of professor Myriam Tanant). She is currently working on third PhD thesis "La dramaturgie musicale et la mise en scène d'opéra contemporaine" at the University Paris 8.
As opera stage director she uses her vast knowledge and education in the fields of music, theatre and literature as well as her experience in theatre and on television which dates from her early childhood. At the age of 6 she enrolled “Bata Miladinovic dramatic studio” that produced many famous Serbian film and theatre actors. During her studies in Paris she followed acting and stage directing master classes held by Jean-Paul Zennacker, Adel Hakim and Ramiro Lehkuniec. As a teenager she hosted TV program for children and youth at Studio B television channel. She acted in Belgrade theatres such as BITEF, “Dusko Radovic” and “Akademija 28” and in 2006 with the theatre troupe “Les Je-m’en-foutistes” she performed at International theatre festival RITU in Liège, Belgium. She worked as assistant stage director with Saša Gabrić (National Theatre in Belgrade), Mariame Clément (Fondation Royaumont) and Paolo Bosisio (Operosa Opera Festival).
Sofija Perovic successfully debuted as stage director with Jean-Paul Sartre’s drama Huis clos at Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris in 2012 and as opera stage director with Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea at Opera and Theatre Madlenianum in Belgrade in 2014. This production (first ever Monteverdi's opera staged in Serbia) and Miss Perovic recieved only positive critics which highlighted "the modern and inovative approach to opera stage directing unknown to Serbian audience before" and was elected as the best opera production of the season 2013/2014 in Belgrade by Belgrade Edt Culture. Since then Sofija Perovic stage directed Francis Poulenc's mono opera La Voix humaine in Bitef theatre in Belgrade and was invited to present this production as part of the main program of Kotor Art Festival in Montenegro in august 2015. Once again her special approach to stage direction was awarded with the positive reviews in Serbian and Montenegrian press. In 2016 she stage directed and produced Serbian and Balkans premiere of the contemporary opera Die Weisse Rose by Udo Zimmermann allowing the audience from Serbia to see this master piece of late 20th century opera.
As harpsichordist she has performed in numerous concerts in Serbia, Austria and Spain, as soloist and in chamber music ensembles. She followed master classes held by world-renowned artists such as Maggie Cole, Blandine Rannou, Frank Cooper, Shalev Ad-El and many others. From 2008 to 2011 she was awarded the full scholarship to attend Austria Baroque Academy summer school where she got classes from Jory Vinikour, Jeremy Joseph, Nick Parle and Aline Zylberajch-Gester. In 2008 and 2011 she participated at International Manuel De Falla Music festival in Granada, Spain. She is dedicated to contemporary music promotion and has played many world premieres by Serbian composers dedicated to her and her chamber music partners such as Nataša Penezić (piano) and Katarina Đorđević (violin). She has collaborated with flamenco dancer Ojdana Radović on the project "La pasión del Barroco" that connects flamenco dance and baroque music for solo harpsichord composed by Domenico Scarlatti and Antonio Soler.
In April 2012 Sofija presented her first exhibition "Granada, tierra soñada por mi" in Paris at Sorbonne Nouvelle. It was the exhibition of 18 photos with interventions on them, made by the artist in Granada, Spain, during Manuel De Falla International Music Festival where she played on three concerts. Spanish arts (music, dance, poetry, painting and architecture) and folklore have left an immense impression on the young artist and were the inspiration for this exibition.
As part of her literary activity she participates regularly at the international conferences and meetings of philology and literature. Her master thesis "Armide" et "Tosca" dans la mise en scène de Robert Carsen has been published by Presses Académiques Francophones in August 2013.
Sofija Perovic recieved many awards and scholarships, such as French government scholarship to study opera directing at Sorbonne Nouvelle University in 2011, Juokoncert's scholarship for young music talents (2008 and 2010), Dositeja award for academic achievements by Fund for Young Talents of the Republic of Serbia (2010, 2011, 2012).
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