Serbian-born contralto Marijana Mijanović now lives in Switzerland. After studying piano at the Belgrade Academy of Music, she studied singing at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam.
In 2000 and after winning several international competitions, she made her international brake through at the Aix-en-Provence Festival as Penelope in Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria under the direction of William Christie. Since then, she has been a sought-after soloist at the world’s leading opera houses and concert halls as well as prestigious festivals and has worked with many conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Alan Curtis, Nicholaus Hanoncourt.
She can be heard in leading roles on various recordings of operas such as Handel’s Orlando conducted by William Christie and Handel’s Giulio Cesare conducted by Marc Minkowski. Her first solo album Affetti barocchi with arias by Handel was released in 2007. In cooperation with the Opera and Theatre Madlenianum Belgrade and the New Belgrade Opera, she has worked as an artistic advisor, vocal coach and director in several productions.
Marijana Mijanović is also very dedicated to teaching and has regularly been invited to give masterclasses at various universities such as the Zurich University of Arts, University of Arts Belgrade and University of Music and performing Arts Vienna.