Nikola Kitanovski

Nikola Kitanovski is one of those artists who originate from this area and who not only managed to build, but continuously maintain an impressive solo career for three and a half decades, leaving a significant mark in the performance of numerous concerts and tenor operatic roles of the first class, not only in all domestic and local scenes, but also in theaters that occupy a special place, importance and role in the world of opera.

He was born in Skopje – Macedonia, where he completed his elementary and secondary musical education – piano department, and graduated and mastered solo singing in the class of prima donna Biserka Cvejić at the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade.

The beginning of his career dates back to 1988. when as a soloist he participated in the performance of numerous vocal-instrumental works, solo and mixed concerts, collaborating with the most important orchestras in almost all major centers of Yugoslavia (Belgrade, Novi Sad, Niš, Skopje, Sarajevo, Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Ljubljana, Maribor…) .

He won the 1st (first) prize at the international competition for solo singers “Katja Richarelli” in 1991. in Mantua – Italy. In his possession are numerous domestic awards, as well as the annual award (1995) of the National Theater in Belgrade, for which he is bound by decades of cooperation and several hundred performances in various roles.

In a career of 35 years on the artistic stage, Kitanovski, with his artistic merits, high level of interpretability and performance, successfully performed in: “Teatro Opera” in Rome, “San Carlo” in Naples, “Comunale” in Bologna, “Carlo Felice” in Genoa, Hamburg Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Stuttgart Opera, Karlsruhe Opera, Opera in Lyon, Opera in Marseille, Royal Theater in Madrid, theaters in San Sebastian, Santander, Oviedo, Granada, Valencia, then in opera houses in Tokyo, Bangkok, Warsaw, Bucharest, Craiova, Timisoara, Athens, Antwerp, as well as at festivals in Taormina, Torre del Lago, Aspendos, Bolshoi in Moscow, Dubrovnik Summer Games, Ohrid Summer and BEMUS.

These are just a few of the total of 40 opera scenes, where he convincingly and easily performed 25 roles of the first tenor, such as: Othello / Othello, Radames / Aida, Manrico / Troubadour, Cavaradossi / Tosca, Herman / Queen of Spades, Don Jose / Carmen, Turidu / Cavalleria Rusticana, Canio / Pagliacci, Rodolfo / Bohemians, Pinkerton / Madam Butterfly, Mauricio / Adriana Lecouvrer, Edgardo / Lucia of Lammermoor, Ero / Ero sa onoga Svijeta, etc., as well as in performances of monumental vocal-instrumental works: Verdi – Requiem, Beethoven – Symphony 9 and Mass in C major; Dvorak – Stabat Mater; Mozart – Requiem; Schubert – Mass in E flat major and Stabat Mater; Rachmaninoff – Bells and All-Night Vigil; Honegger – King David; Štoras – Siege of Belgrade; Bernstein – West Side Story.

Since 2004, Kitanovski has also been involved in pedagogy, today he is a full professor and he was the head of the Department of Solo Singing at the FMU in Belgrade for many years – for four terms. The results of his students so far can be measured by numerous first prizes and professional engagements.

Kitanovski was entrusted with the two-year management of the Opera Studio at the Opera of the National Theater in Belgrade.

By designing, organizing and realizing over 40 concerts of the “Road to Belkant” project in Serbia, he provided the opportunity for more than forty young singers, in addition to gaining valuable experience in front of the audience, to promote solo songs and operatic literature by domestic and foreign composers.