2017 Festival Ambassador Milijana Nikolic
Milijana Nikolic, a highly respected arts and cultural force, is the 2017 Festival Ambassador. Serbian-born Nikolic, who holds a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Belgrade, is a leading international operatic mezzo-soprano.
Earlier this year, Nikolic was invited to perform for the closing of Bolsoy, a Russian classical music festival. Bolsoy was held at Drvengrad in Mecavnik, Serbia home also to the internationally acclaimed film festival Kustendorf; both of these festivals have been initiated by Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica. During 2015/16 she performed in the role of Jane Seymour (Anna Bolena) for the Metropolitan Opera New York and as Dalila (Samson et Dalila) with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Recently, Nikolic sang as Amneris in Opera Australia’s production of Aida on the Beach in Coolangatta, Queensland. Later this year she will be onstage for the first time with the Vojvodina Philharmonic Orchestra in Novi Sad. In early 2018, Nikolic will perform in Italy – Trieste (Teatro Verdi) and Bari (Teatro Petruzelli) – in the role of Azucena for the opera Il Trovatore.
Since moving to Australia in 2007, Nikolic continues to be a proud supporter of the Serbian Film Festival.