IVANA DIMITRIJEVIĆ-ARANĐELOVIĆ, mezzosoprano, was born in Belgrade. She graduated from Faculty of Musical Art in Belgrade in 2003, where she studied with distinguished professor and opera singer Biserka Cvejić. At the end of her undergraduate studies she was awarded a scholarship from Ambassy of Norway Kingdom in Belgrade as one of 500 best university students in Serbia.
In 2005 she finished Postgraduate Opera Course at Royal Academy of Music in London, where she studied under tutelage of Elizabeth Ritchie and Ingrid Surgenor and was awarded a full Entrance Scholarship – Kobler Award from Royal Academy of Music. She also received scholarships from Josephine Baker Trust and Ross Gobey Charitable Trust and holds DipRAM diploma for outstanding final performance.
Throughout her postgraduate studies Ivana furder developed her singing technique in masterclasses with eminent artists like Barbara Bonney, Anne Murray, Dennis O’Neill, Christa Ludwig and Paul-Émile Deiber, Tom Krause, Ana-Luisa Chova.
She won a great number of prizes at state and international singing competitions and in 2005 represented Serbia and Montenegro in one of biggest opera competitions – BBC Cardiff Singer of the World in Wales, Great Britain.
In 2001, during her undergraduate studies, she had her first opera debut in the role of Mamma Lucia (Cavalleria Rusticana) as a member of National Theatre Opera Studio in Belgrade. From 2003 she performed as concert and opera singer in Great Britain and Europe and had the opportunity to work with renowned artists such as conductors Sir Colin Davis, Martin André, Carlo Rizzi, Giuliano Carella, Cristobal Soler, directors John Copley, Ian Judge, Ian Rutherford, Gianpaolo Zennaro etc.
Her operatic and oratorio repertoire includes Carmen (Carmen), Charlotte (Werther), Olga (Eugene Onegin), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Poline (Queen of Spades), Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Mme de la Haltiére (Cendrillon), Taven (Mireille), Hansel (Hansel und Gretel) etc, Verdi and Mozart Requiem, Händel Messiah, Mendelssohn Elijah, Bach Magnificat, Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Vivaldi Gloria, Jenkins The Armed Man, Saint-Saëns Christmas Oratorio and Messe de Requiem, etc.
Alongside her singing career, Ivana started working as a singing teacher in 2008 and since 2009 works at Music School Mokranjac in Belgrade. So far, her students have made outstanding results in state and international singing competitions, winning over 200 prizes, of which 97 first prizes, 13 laureates and 10 special prizes – Operosa Montenegro Opera Academy and Festival prize, International singing competition Lazar Jovanović (2016, 2019, Jana Cvetković), The most promising baritone voice, International singing competition Nikola Cvejić (2018, Lazar Parežanin), Opera & Theatre Madlenianum prize i Cultural element prize, International singing competition Lazar Jovanović (2019, Konstantin Kostić), Best serbian song performance, Competition Serbian song (2019, Nemanja Crnatović), The most promising male voice, International singing competition Nikola Cvejić and International singing competition Vera Kovač Vitkai (2019, 2020, Lazar Parežanin), AV TEAM production prize, International singing competition Lazar Jovanović – (2020, Konstantin Kostić, 2021, Lazar Parežanin).
They have performed at numerous concerts, taken part in masterclasses with David Bižić, Anais Lee, Claudia Eder, Marijana Mijanović, Martin Vácha and also performed as members of Opera & Theatre Madlenianum Opera Studio and National Theatre Opera Studio in Belgrade.
Her students continued their singing education at Faculty of Musical Art in Skoplje, Richard Wagner Konservatorium Wien, Music Academy in Sarajevo, Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien (MUK) i Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien (MDW).
At the end of 2019, Ivana was engaged as an expert associate at Institut for Improvment of Education to work on realisation of programme of national intrest – the reform of Curriculum for secondary music school education for subjests solo singing and sight reading for solo singers. She also worked as an professional consultant on a collection of songs for voice and piano Biseri srpske umetničke solo pesme, printed in 2021.