Baritone Neven Crnić won First Prize as well as the Audience Prize in the 2nd International Haydn Competition for Classical Lied and Voice in June 2019, as well as taking part in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia this summer in Prague. He joins the ensemble of Oper Graz in the 2019/20 season, where he will debut the roles of Leporello (Don Giovanni), Paris (Roméo et Juliette), and Rodrigo (Don Carlos). He is also excited to be singing Don Fernando in a European tour of Fidelio with Gustavo Dudamel and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in April 2020. Further engagements this season include his role debut as Escamillo (Carmen) at the Oper Burg Gars Festival in Austria and a return to the Salzburg Festival.
For his second season as a member of the Opera Studio at the Oper Graz in 2018/19, he appeared in the following roles: Silvio (Pagliacci), Fiorello / An Officer (The Barber of Seville), First Nazarene (Salome), Stani (Polnische Hochzeit), Scherasmin (Oberon), and the bass solo in a choreographed staging of Haydn’s The Creation.
The young baritone joined the Opera Studio of the Oper Graz in 2017/18 and was seen on stage that season in the roles of Schaunard (La bohème), Company Commander (Eugene Onegin), and Barone di Trombonok (Il viaggio a Reims). In summer 2018, he won a coveted place to participate in the Salzburg Festival’s Young Singers Project. As part of this prestigious program he appeared in the new Romeo Castellucci production of Salome, making his Salzburg Festival stage debut in the role of the Cappadocian.
His singing career began with several competition wins in his native country of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2013, he moved to Austria to pursue singing studies with Tom Sol at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. He performed in a number of university productions, notably as Aeolus (King Arthur), Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), the Speaker (Die Zauberflöte), Count Lüdenstein in Schubert’s Die Verschworenen, Cascada (Die lustige Witwe), Malatesta (Don Pasquale) and Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore). His collaboration with the Oper Graz began in 2016, when he made his house debut as Archon (Martinů’s The Greek Passion) and also sang the roles of Pâris (Roméo et Juliette) and the Receiver (Peer Gynt).
Neven Crnić’s concert repertoire not only includes masses by Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and Rossini but also Handel’s Messiah (both the original and Mozart’s arrangement) and Theodora, Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten, Die Schöpfung and Stabat mater, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, St John Passion and St Matthew Passion, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Rossini’s Stabat mater and Fauré’s Requiem. As a song recitalist, he has performed Schubert’s Winterreise, Ravel’s Don Quichotte à Dulcinée, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and other songs by Schubert, Beethoven, Brahms, Liszt, Mahler, Ravel and Poulenc.