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Artists of the Musical Drama

Twin sopranos
Biljana Staffansson and Ljiljana Jovanovic

Twin-sisters, Biljana Staffansson and Ljiljana Jovanovic are well-known coloratura sopranos.  The public remembers them as musical child prodigies, who gave their first performance on television at the age of nine with a duet from The Magic Flute by Mozart.

They completed their studies at the Faculty of Musical Art in Belgrade and at the Luigi Cherubini Musical Academy in Firenze.  Often performing together on stages in Europe, they sing in many languages.  Their repertoire, both operas and concerts, includes Bellini, Chopin, Donizetti, Mozart and Verdi, as well as many Nordic composers.

Their performances are noted for their brilliant interpretations and musicality and a superb upper register, supporting themes on 'nature and love'.

Biljana Staffansson and Ljiljana Jovanovic have sung at stages from Belgrade and Warsaw to Brussels, Firenze, Rome and Stockholm.  They performed in 2002 in the presence of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Silvia.

Daniel Blumenthal
Daniel Blumenthal enjoys an international reputation as soloist, concert musician and chamber artist.  He is a laureate of several prestigious competitions including the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium.

Mr Blumenthal is professor in piano at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels;  guest professor at Thy Masterclass Chamber Music Festival, Denmark;  member of Thisted Master Chamber Players;  and musical advisor to Icons of Europe.

Cecilia JorgensenNarrator
Cecilia Jorgensen
Cecilia Jorgensen is co-author of the Chopin biography, and co-playwright of the musical drama Nightingale Opus 24.

Warsaw premiere

Avant-premiere 2003

Ljiljana Jovanovic and Biljana Staffansson in Lasne on 11 October 2003.

More photos from
11 October 2003






Definition of 'coloratura':
singing with florid ornamentation.