DEJAN SAVIC (1957), the outstanding Serbian conductor, is born in Belgrade in the family of musicians. He graduated conducting with distinction at the Academy of Music in Belgrade and received his master’s degree at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad. On a specialization cours, Mr. Savic was working with Mo Berislav Klobučar.
Artistic Director of the oldest Jewish Choral Society "The Baruch Brothers", founded in 1879, he also conducted a number of prominent Yugoslav mixed, male and female choral groups, winning the international prizes at the different contests (Gorizia and Pescara, Italy) and touring with them USSR, Spain, Austria, Cyprus, Israel, Switzerland, Netherlands, Ireland, Greece, making also recordings both for Radio and TV.
During the period 1989-93 D. Savic was the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Nis Symphony Orchestra, where he made a large number of outstanding concert evenings, tours (Skopje, Beograd) and recordings with world known artists such as Ludmil Angelov, Mihai Ungureanu, Aleksandar Sandorov, piano, Ksenija Jankovic, cello, Radmila Bakocevic, soprano, Jovan Kolundžija, Sreten Krstić, Stefan Milenković, Ilija Marinković and Nemanja Radulović, violin etc. Since 1993 he is the Principal Conductor of the Belgrade Opera and Ballet Company, where some of the most famous artists performed with him, i.e. Elena Obrastzova, Makvala Kasrashvili, Agnes Baltsa, Valeria Esposito, Dimitra Theodossiou, Bruna Baglioni, Catleen McCalla, Marie – Ange Todorovich, Leandra Overmann, Olivera Miljaković, Ingeboerg Kosmo, Micaela Carosi, Natalia Roman, Inva Mula, Elena Mosuc, Lana Kos, Silvana Froli, Milena Kitić, Donata d’Anunzio Lombardi, Mauro Agostini, Fabio Armiliato, Pierro Giuliacci, Mario Malagnini, Warren Mok, Carlo Guelfi, Carlos Almaguer, Alberto Gazzale, Ventzeslav Anastassov, Dario di Vietri, Henrik Engelsviken, Stefan Ignat, Elena Gorbach, Zeljko Lučić, Zoran Todorović, Boris Trajanov a.o. His guest - appearances in Serbian opera houses include The Opera and Ballet of the Serbian National Theater in Novi Sad as well as the renewal of the operatic scene in Nis in 1996, after almost 30 years. From 2001 – 2004 mr Savic is appearing as the General Manager of the Beograd Opera and Ballet Company. In 2005 he has been appointed the Superintendant of the National Theater Beograd, being the first musician on the head of this prestigious national institute of culture in its 137 years long history, then in 2007 he took the position of the Opera General Manager, after which he returned to the Superintendent position in 2012, which he left in 2018. For his achievements in the culture, in 2022 Maestro is awarded with the National Recognition. In 2020 Mr Savic is appointed Adviser to the President of the Republic for Culture.
Conducting all major Yugoslav Symphony and Chamber orchestras, Mr Savic also toured Greece (State Symphony Orchestras of Athens and Thessaloniki, the ERT Symphony Orchestra and Mixed Choir), Bulgaria (the Bulgarian National Symphony Orchestra, also concert within the Athens-Belgrade-Sofia concert serie and the Burgas Philharmonic Orchestra), Romania (Philharmonic orchestras and Choirs of Craiova and Iasi), Russia (the Tomsk State Symphony Orchestra), USA (the Bloomingdale Symphony Orchestra of New York), appearing with him the soloists such as Anatolij Krstev, cello, Mineo Hayashi, cello, Kjell Baekkelund, piano, Eliso Virsaladze, piano, Anna Verholantseva, harp, a.o.
D. Savic was appointed Guest Conductor to the ERT Symphony Orchestra in Athens for four seasons. Conducting the State Symphony Orchestra of Athens in 1991. he is so far the only Serbian conductor appearing in its largest and most important concert hall "Megaron moussikis". The next appointment with this leading Greek orchestral ensemble was another success in the same hall (soloist Martha Arapi, soprano) in November 2007.
Since 1993-95 Mr. Savic was a present Artistic director of the famous "Pro Musica" chamber ensemble, the oldest one in Yugoslavia, with whom he also made a vast number of recordings, tours and concert appearances. In 1994, the concert season of this ensemble brought to Beograd for the soloists artists such as Alirio Diaz, guitar, Stojka Milanova, violin, Vladimir Krainev, piano, and Christina Anghelescu, violin. In 1998 he became the Artistic Director of the "Pro classica" Chamber Orchestra.
In National D.G.O.S. Opera in Dublin, Ireland, in 1995 D. Savic conducted 5 performances of "Il Trovatore" by Verdi, staged by Inge Levant and including among the soloists Tatyana Zakharchouk, soprano, Mark Rucker, baritone and Scott Flaherty, tenor, unanimously estimated by the critics as the best performances in the last years.
The 1996 summer tour in Italy with the Rousse Philharmonic, Bulgaria, included two successful appearances on Festivals in Sta Margherita Ligure and Reggio Emilia, with the soloists Jasna Maksimovic and Luigi Alberto Bianchi, violin.
In National Opera of Greece, Athens, Mr. Savic conducted seasons opening and 4 performances of "Barbiere di Sevilla" by Rossini, during May 1997, as well as 4 performances of "Die Fledermaus" by Strauss, February 1999. Those performances, highest ranked by the audience and music experts, were considered the best in the season.
The Norwegian debut of Mr Savic in June 1998 was presented with the remarkable closing concert of the season 1997-98 with the Symphony Orchestra of The Royal Opera, Oslo. This program included a premiere of Grieg-Evju's Second piano concerto B minor with the soloist Geir Henning Braaten, piano and Ragnhild Heiland Sorensen, soprano, performing Grieg's vocal music.
In July '98, The Beograd National Theater Symphony Orchestra under the batton of its Principal conductor Mr Savic had its first appearance on Patras International Festival, Greece, having an exceptional performance with soprano Vassiliki Papantoniou as the soloist.
Another two Greek prestigeous festival "Prespes" and "Olympia" hosted Mr Savic together with Radio Television of Serbia Choir and Orchestra and Beograd Philharmonia in summer '99, where, among other, they performed with Mikis Theodorakis his music.
After a democratic changes in Yugoslavia, the first ensembles to be hosted abroad where the RTS SO and Choir, performing Rossini's Piccola Messa Sollenela with the soloists from Greece and former Yugoslav republics, under the baton of mr Savic in Thessaloniki, October 2000. This event named Culture & Balkans was supported by the Stability Pact and the Greek Ministry of the Foreign Affairs.
During the autumn/winter 2000, mr Savic was hosted by the Opera National du Rhin, Strasbourg, France, where he conducted this season's opening - ten performances of Humperdinck's Hansel und Gretel (Delphine Galou) in the Opera Houses of Muhouse, Colmar, Strasbourg and Besancon.
In 2001 mr Savic performed on prestigious Athens International Summer Festival, conducting the Beograd National Theater Symphony Orchestra with soprano Elleni Kelessidi as the soloist, than in Bucharest, Romania, with the National Radio Chamber Orchestra, opening the season and recording with Dana Borsan, piano soloist, finaly with Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra in new Megaron Musikis hall. In the same period, the Beograd National Theater Opera Company appeared in the Chamber Opera of Thessaloniki, Greece, with seven performances of Rossini's Il Barbiere di Sevilla including the soloists such as Vladimir Chernow, baritone, Bruce Fowler, tenor, and other, as well as in Rialto Theater, Limassol, Cyprus, with full Company executing Pucinni's Madama Butterfly, both under baton of mr. Savic. The next successful appearance on the same spot in Cyprus took place in March 2007 presenting the cooperation between Beograd National Opera and Cyprus Opera Society on Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana / Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci conducted by the same artist.
In May 2002, on the Balkan popular “May Opera Evenings” in Skopje, Macedonia, mr Savic was invited to conduct the opening of the jubilee’s 30th edition – Verdi’s Rigoletto, with the ensemble of the Macedonian National Theater Opera. The result was the announcement of this performance to be the best on the Festival. Maestro returned to Macedonian Opera and Ballet in July 2015, closing the season with an excellent performance of Verdi's La Traviata (PopTomova, Sotirov, Baiocchi).
The cooperation with the Thessaloniki Opera resulted with two new productions of a highest rank – Beethoven’s Fidelio (Stage Director Spyros Evangelatos - Cheryl Studer, Mark Baker, Franz Joseph Kapellmannn, The Beograd National Opera Orchestra) and Puccini’s Tosca (Nelly Miricioiu, Paola Romano, Carlo Baricelli, The Romanian National Opera Orchestra), both in autumn 2002. At the same period on the head of the Chaikowski’s Eugen Onegin production of Opera National du Rhin, Strasbourg (Stage director Marco Arturo Marelli – Galina Badikovskaya, Andrei Dunaev, Vladimir Petrov, Fedor Kuznetsov, Nelly Boshkowa), mr Savic had a tremendous success in all of ten perfomances in eastern France.
In June 2003 Mr Savic conducted two performances of the production of Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Sivilla on the opening of the prestigious “Opera-on-the-Square” Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria, including leading soloists, choir and orchestra of the Sofia National Opera – again with the tremendous success and acclamation from the audience and critics. In December, he made his Italian debut conducting two international perfomances of Verdi’s La Traviata in teatro Ventidio Basso, Ascoli Piceno, again with the immense success and acclamation from all sides.
January 2004 the Beograd National Opera was invited to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the rebuilding the National Theater in Kefalonia, Greece, with two performances of Verdi’s Rigoletto under the batton of mr Savic and with the most prominent opera soloists.
The following engagement in the same company in Ascoli Piceno in December 2005 brought him the huge success with Puccini’s Madama Butterfy (Mitsuko Mori, Cesare Catani, Paolo Coni) which was performed in Osimo, Recanati and Ascoli Piceno. February 2006 mr Savic conducted Bellini’s Norma in National Opera Novi Sad (Katarina Jovanovic) with immense success, as well as in Sava Center Beograd.
His Italian engagement continued in 2006 with Concerto di Natale, music by Chaikowski and Di Giandomenico’s world premiere of Trittico di Natale (Ivana Speranza, Evelyn Smith) together with FORM – Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana and Coro Polifonico “David Brunori” in Tetaro di Tradizione in Jesi, Italy. It was the same spot where in December 2007 mr Savic concluded the lyric season with the Opera Galla, later repeated in City Theater of Fermo, dedicated to Beniamino Gigli (Dvoretskaya, Casciarri, Meoni, Shi) together with Symphony Orchestra “Gioachino Rossini” from Pesaro. In the same country but in the Theater “Francesco Stabile” in Potenza, mr Savic conducted two performances of Verdi’s Rigoletto in February 2007, this time with Orchestra Filarmonica Salernitana “Giuseppe Verdi” and Coro di Bitonto (Mima Brigante, Giorgio Casciarri, Giuseppe Altomare) adored by the full audience and critics.The same season in June, mr Savic made his Wien debut in prestigious VolksOper, conducting three performances of Verdi's La Traviata (Briban, Ramos, Chernoh, Montazeri, Larson, Marof), having undisputed success with this fully sold out production. Again with exquisite Romanian soprano mme Roxana Briban, mr Savic made his debut in Bucharest National Opera in February 2008, having an undesputed success performing Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, and the same ovations Mo Savic gained ten years later on the same spot and same title, Puccini's masterpiece in march 2018 and May 2019 (Pascu, Dumitru, Chisiu).Further on the same year in March, during the tour of the National Theater Opera in Italy, mr Savic conducted two Opera Gallas in theaters of Rovigo and Faenza, performing with the best Serbian soloists and guests (Balistreri, Fracasso) and Orchestra of the National Theater. On prestigious Gars am Kamp Opern-Air Festival 2008 this artist conducted the opening with the Verdi’s Aida spectacle (Fadayoumi, Kisleli, Nechayev, staging Drgac) highly marked in the vaste musical offer in the summer period in Austria. On the same spot mr Savic returned two seasons later with Verdi’s Traviata (Brumar, Beruggi, Nechayev, staging Drgac), again with the tremmendous success and full audience. The new success marked two performances of Bizet's Carmen in 2011 (Papoulkas, Marin, Kislali, Weinhappel, staging prof. Drgac) followed by Rigoletto (Kazani, Ortega, Altomare, staging prof. Drgac) in 2012 and again with performances of Rossini's Barbiere di Sevilla in 2013. His first performances in one Germany Opera house were also a great success, appearing in December in StadtTheater Koblenz with the Rhein Philharmonie, Opera Choir and an international soloists cast (Kruger, Polakovs, Ruggieri) on the “Best of...” Opera Gala.
In spring of 2009 mr Savic was the jury member of the XIV edition of the world famous Boris Christoff International Competition for Young Opera Singers in Sofia, as well as the president of the jury for the inaugural edition of the Blue Danube Opera Conducting Competition in Burgas, Bulgaria. Organized by the same artistic agency in this State Opera Company, mr Savic held the Young opera conductor's Masterclasses in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 in Bourgas, Russe and Stara Zagora State Operas, hosting the candidates from round the world, enabling them to perform the operas of Mozart, Bizet, Saint - Saens, Wagner, Verdi, Rossini, Bellini, Puccini a.o. in public with success. During the August of 2009 mr Savic was engaged conducting performances of Rossini’s Barbiere di Sevilla on the Festival d’Arte Apuliae in region of Foggia, Italy, with the soloists from Italy and Turkey and the Chamber Orchestra of Apulia. Withe the same ensemble maestroa performed in January 2012 for the New Year's concerts (soloists De Palma, Mi Seon Oh) in Foggia and Lucera. The same month and with the same great success he was preparing and leading the opening of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly on the Summer Music Festival in Burgas, Bulgaria, with the National Opera of Burgas and the soloists from Bulgaria and Macedonia.
March 2010 mr Savic led the outstanding performance of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in Teatro Dante, Firenza, Italy (Ishigami, Berrugi, Calamai) and immediately after, two preformances at The Opera Stars Festival in State Opera and Ballet Company of Siberia, Krasnoyarsk, Russia. The success included both titles, Puccini’s Tosca (Zelenskaya, Vishnyak, Effimov) and Rigoletto (Svyatkin, Zakirov, Baranova) in front of the packed audience and delighted company. The identical situation followed next 2011 year, with the same Festival and Puccini's titles La Boheme (Urusov, Levchuk, Baranova) and Madama Butterfly (Levchuk, Urusov, Efremov). His Portugal debut marked two excellent concerts in June 2010 with Orquestra do Algarve in Portimao and Loule, with Jan Krisztof Broja, pianist, as a soloist. The month of November of the same year, great impression mr Savic left led to a successful Masterclass in Symphonic Repertory in Faro and continued with two concerts with the same Orchestra, with Otto Perreira as the violin soloist. Debut in National Opera of Timisoara, November 2011 with Traviata (Marcu, Balasescu, Estefan) again was the vaste success of maestro Savic.
During month of July 2012, maestro held the Symphonic Orchestra Masterclass in Saint Petersburg, Russia, hosting the candidates from round the world, collaborating with the prestigeous State Hermitage Orchestra. The same year in October maestro returned to Bucharest, Romania, for season's opening of National radio Chamber orchestra with Pavel Kohout (Czech Rpublic) as the organ soloist. Later in November, mr Savic made a very successfull recording session of Puccini's soprano arias, with mme Pia Brodnik as the soloist, with the prestigeous London Symphony Orchestra in Abbey Road Studios.
In April 2013 maestro Savic successfully appeared in prestigeous Sofia National Opera and Ballet, Bulgaria, performing Mascagni's Cavelleria Rusticana and Puccini's Gianni Schicchi (staging Kartaloff, Andreev, Georgiev). May the same year was the period when one recent idea became truth - the National Theater in Nis again has the Music department, established after more than 40 years, now opened with Strauss Flederemaus, performed by the Orchestra, Chorus and soloists of Academy of Arts in Nis under the baton of Mo Savic, in front of the delirious audience (staging I. Vukovic). In June, mr Savic closed the season with famous Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra in prestigious "Bulgaria" hall, recorded by Bulgarian National Television (Kolundzija, Stamatovic soloists). To the same Hall with the same Orchestra Maestro returned in April 2015 conducting in the Concert season "Classical pearls and world premiers" (Koleva, Taner soloists). Again in August 2013, he conducted a main event on Summer festival of Opera and Operetta in Roselul Park with Romanian State Opera from Timisoara (Brumar, Ling, Mara). In November mr Savic conducted The Maria Callas Tribute Opera Galla in "Elena Teodorini" Lyric Theater with young European soloists in Craiova, Romania, during the 40th edition of the Music Festival bearing the same name. This was followed by the Jury membership of the 1st International Vocal Competition and appearance for the final stage with the Orchestra in the same Theater.
The year of 2014 begun with an outstanding debut with Cyprus State Symphony Orchestra and January concerts in Pafos and Nicosia, with music of Copland, Lutoslawski, Vorisek and Sophia Serghi. Already in March, maestro Savic had a great success conducting performances of Rossini's Barber of Seville and Puccini's Madama Butterfly in Ural Opera nd Ballet Theater in Ekaterinburg, Russia, one of the four Federal Music Theaters in Russia (Bolshoi, Mariinsky, Novosibirsk and Ekaterinburg). The return to this prestigeous theater in June 2015 with the excellent performance of Verdi's Traviata (Savicic-Sekulic, Plazinic, Mironov) was the part of the collaboration protocol with National Theater Beograd, Serbia. The return to Craiova, Romania and "Elena Teodorini" Lyric Theater, was marked with Verdi's Otelo (Budoiu, Vari, Mijailovic) as the opening of Shakespeare Festival on May the 1st 2014. Just a week later, maestro appeared as the guest conductor in National Romanian Opera in Timisoara, successfully performing Verdi's Rigoletto (Petrean, Balasescu, Vezentan). In August, mr Savic was invited to Potenza, Italy, to open a new Summer Festival with Donizetti's "Elisir d'Amore", with young cast, Orchestra Sinfonica Lucana and Coro "Euro Mediterraneo" with a brilliant performance. Back in Timisoara, Romania, Maestro opened a new season with Traviata (Marcu, Horea, Pataca) in September 2014, continuing with an exceptional performance of Verdi's Aida in May 2016 (Lopez, Cristescu, Neciu, Proca, Dobrea, Gosa).
The great Asian debut of Maestro Savic was presented by three magficent performances of Puccini's Tosca (Dal Pierro, Gramegna, Fabbian) in Busan Kultural Center, Republic of Korea, in organization of SolOpera, December 2014. The same Opera Company presented in prestigeous Seoul Art Center Opera Hall Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci" (Sepe, Ko) under the batton of mr Savic in May 2017, with great success. Again in Romania, the same month followed an exquisite performance with the National Theater Beograd Opera soloists and Orchestra on "Craiova Musicale" 41st edition of the Festival. In May 2015 mr Savic sussessfully debuted with Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana in Teatro Polyteama Palermo, Italy (Alessio Pianelli, soloist). In the same state, now in prestigious Teatro Ariston in Sanremo, in August Maestro conducted Rossini's Barbiere di Sevilla (Bakanova, Mirabelli, Nani), marked in the media as the huge triumph. Later in September, mr Savic made his outstanding debut in Albania, conducting the National Opera and Ballet Symphony Orchestra in Tirana (Voshtina, Franzetti, Ferxha soloists). The new performances to follow took place in Tirana Kongress Hall with four Bizet's Carmen, September 2018. Return to Italy was marked with a succesful appearance with Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana in March 2016 in Treviglio, with M. Zoni solo flute. Already next month Maestro appeared for the first time in Opera Nationala Kluj Napoca, Romania, renewing an excellent production of Verdi's La Forza dell Destino (Fizeshan, Bratescu, Brad). After this success, followed invitation for renewal of Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera (Lopez, Martin, Fizesan, Rosu, Trimbitas), during March 2017. Next first appearance again with the unanimous success was in Croatian National Theater Osijek, with Puccini's Tosca (Trumbetas-Petrovic, Doretic, Hanzalek) in June 2016. The same year in October, Maestro had a tremendous success in Siberia, Russia, conducting Irkuts Governatory soloists, Orchestra and Chorus in Irkutsk and Angarsk, performing Beethoven's IX Symphony. To this outstanding Orchestra, mr Savic went back in March 2018, with a Russian program and Leonid Zeleznyi, violin, as a solist. Again, in May 2019 followed an exqusite concert performance of Bellini's "Norma" (Kalna, Tosheva, de Menvil, Hastaev, Stanimirov). Immediately after, followed new Italian opening of the season in prestigeous Teatro Carlo Goldoni, Livorno, together with Lyndsey Kemp staging Mozart's "Magic Flute" in November, conducting excellent soloists, CLT Choir and marvelous ORT Orchestra. The same production, touring Toscana region, in January 2017 was successfully presented in theaters "Giuseppe Verdi" in Pisa and "Teatro del Gigli" in Lucca.
In between this two events, Mr Savic had his Czech debut with two concerts, conducting South Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in Ceske Budejovice (soloist Kasja Modrusan, soprano). Next succesfull appearance in Czechia was in October 2018 in prestigious Smetana Hall in Prague, with North Czech Philharmonic. Beginning February, in Verdi's Aida in State Opera Rousse, Bulgaria, Maestro with big success presented himself as a conductor after a numerous Master Classes held in this city.
Prestigious 52. Festival “Mokranjčevi dani” is opened in September 2017 by Mr Savić word on this most famous Serbian composer and Festival itself.
The Summer of 2017 Dejan Savic spent on several important Festivals in Italy - on the first place is a brilliant debut at prestigeous 63. Festival Pucciniano, Torre del lago, with Tosca opening (He / Samson, Di Vietri, Gazzale, staging Vanzina) and La Boheme (Mercurio, Abete, staging Scaparro). Next year on the same Festival, maestro conducted the same titles with the same succes and approval by the audience and critics. Not less succesful appearance followed on Luglio Musicale Trapanese on Sicily, with Rossini's Cenerentola (Gardina, staging Tarrabella) and on 33. Festival Internazionale di mezza Estate at Tagliacozzo, with Symphony Concerto with Beethoven's music (F. Allegra, pianoforte), Opera Galla (Lagha, Cerri) and Rossini's Barbiere di Sevilla (Molinari, Collia, Caputo, Ottino, di Cristoforo, staging Paloscia) to conclude with Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana at Musica FestiVal Belluna, Treviso. On both spots, mr. Savic appeared again in 2018, in Trapani with an exqusite performance of Donizetti's Elissir d'Amore, and in Tagliacozzo with Symphony concert with "Dokuz Eylul" State Coservatory Symphony Orchestra, and with National Theater of Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Tbilisi, Georgia performing Puccini's Opera Gala and "Suor Angelica" (Taigi, De Micco, Vacari staging). In August, Mo Savic travelled to Hong Kong to perform with Hong Kong Opera demanding titles from Puccini's Trittico - Suor Angelica and Gianni Schichi, in front of the enchanted audience in this important Asian city. Also here mr. Savic returned 2018, now having his debut in China with Hong Kong Opera and Fuijien Province State Symphony Orchestra in Fuzhou and Hong Kong, together with Opera Choir and young soloists, producing Mozart's Magic Flute. In October, Maestro opened the "Timisoara Muzicale" Festival with Puccini's Turandot in Romanian National Opera Timisoara (Radakovic, Lopez), and after that had his debut with State Opera Varna, Bulgaria, with an exquisite Verdi's Attila, where he returned equally successfully in April 2018 with Puccini's Turandot. In the same state, a week later mr. Savic performed an extremely difficult program with the prestigious Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, with prof. Milena Molova, pianist, as a soloist. In April 2018 maestro performed a Schumann evening, conducting RTV Albania Symphony Orchestra, prof. Astrit Selita, violoncello, soloist, unonimously announced as the concert of the season. Next month took him to Bucharest, performing again in Romanian National Opera Puccini's La Boheme (Neagu, Oltean, Alazaroae, Constantin). Music Center Symphony Orchestra of Batumi, Georgia, devoted its 40th annual celebration to Mo Savic and Nino Lezhava, soprano, as the soloists in November 2018. In December, Maestro travelled to Varna, Bulgaria, to perform Puccini's "La Boheme" in State Opera, following the great duccess with the same Company in Forest National Hall Brussels, Belgium.
Summer 2019 Mo Savić spent again in Tagliacozzo, conducting Piazzola’s masterpiece opera “Maria de Buenos Aires”, followed by the new edition of Blue Danube Opera Conducting Masterclass in September. Right after, Maestro appeared again in national Romanian Opera in Timisoara, Romania, conducting Verdi’s Ballo in Maschera, then in October Puccini’s Tosca, finaly in December Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. First appearance in State Opera Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, was marked with an exquisite New Year’s Gala Concert in December 2019. Next 2020 started with an artist’s debut in National Theater Opera Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a brilliant performance of Verdi’s Traviata. In February followed a new edition of Blue Danube Opera Conducting Masterclass in Stara Zagora. The same year, Maestro appeared in November with soprano Maria Gulleghina in Madlenianum Theater on BEMUS Festival, the concert announced to be the best on 2020 edition of the manifestation.
Year 2021 begun with new edition of traditional Blue Danube Opera Conducting Masterclass in Stara Zagora, continued with a series of recordings of contemporary music composers with Madlenianum Orchestra, and in Summer was highlighted with a BWF production of Bizet’s Carmen (Anastasia, Todorović, Bižić – staging De Carlo), recorded for national RTS. In September comes the new edition of of Blue Danube Opera Conducting Masterclass in Stara Zagora, after which Mr Savić appeared as a lecturer on Mokra Gora Management School, after what he performed a great opening of Nationa Opera in Timisoara with Puccini’s Turandot (Radaković, Ilincai, Moisuc, Iancic – stage Murgu). Beginning of October, again in Madlenianum and with recording for national RTS, maestro conducted a great Opera Gala with celebrated baritone Željko Lučić and guests, soprano Dragana Radaković and mezzosoprano Sanja Anastasija, recorded for national RTS. Later the same month, followed National Theater Opera Gala in honour of celebrating The Liberation Day of City of Beograd in WWII, with prominent domestic soloists, Choir and Orchestra, transmitted on National RTS. Beginning of November, Maestro appeared at prestigious Sofia National Opera, Bulgaria, conducting two difficult titles, Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Puccini’s Gianni Schichi, both with tremendous success. Just after a few days, mr Savić performed on BEMUS Festival leading Madlenianum Orchestra (Thomson, Janković soloists). During next week, Maestro performed an evening with Serbian composers (Žebeljan, Radić, Božić, Jevtić), members of Serbian Science and Arts Academy, which was celebrating its 180 anniversary, together with SO RTS and Maja Bogdanovic, violoncello, as a soloist, also recorded and transmitted on national RTS. Middle of December, mr Savic had an extraordinary performance of Puccini’s Tosca in Romanian National Opera in Timisoara (Christescu, Stoica, Lučić). Finaly, Maestro appeared with Subotica Symphony Orchestra in marvelous City Hall for a new Year’s Gala at the end of December (Štulić, Kurina soloists), recdorded and transmitted on various local and regional TV channels.
In February 2022 mr Savić gave the final Blue Danube Masterclass in Opera Conducting, State Opera Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, enabling young conductors to perform some of the most difficult titles in the opera literature. Beginning of April, Madlenianum Opera & Theatre hosted National Romanian Opera from Timisoara with Puccini’s Tosca (Christescu, Stoica, Lučić) under the batton of maestro Savić. After couple of years, in June in Niš was performed opera again – this time Bizet’s Carmen, produced by National Theater, Faculty of Arts and Niš Symphony Orchestra, under batton of Mo Savić, indoors in National Theater and outdoors on Summer Stage in Castle, all with immense success. The same month, on the international Music Day, mr Savić Conducted Subotica Symphony Orchestra with Mozzart program (Aleksandar Tasić, clarinetto soloist) in front of the full audience in marvelous City Hall. Beginning of August, with an extraordinary performance of Verdi’s Nabucco with Sofia Nation al Opera (Anastasov, Kehayova, Stoyanov, staging Kartalov), maestro opened 2022 edition of Belogradchick Rocks Festival in Bulgaria. First days of September were marked with two impressive performnces of Verdi’s Rigoletto, with Željko Lučić in title role, the first in Novi Sad Serbian National Theater and next open-air on BWF Opera on Water Festival, under the baton of Mo Savić, both with full audience and standing ovations. The end of the same month, as the first guest – conductor with Orchestra Sinfonica della Callabria, Maestro performed music of Mozart and Haydn in Callabria region. In October, mr Savic returned to Niš Symphony Orchestra, opening the season with cellist A. Latković and music by Weber, Haydn and Schumann. Later the same month, followed two performances in Romanian National Opera in Timisoara, Verdi’s Nabucco (Lučić, Radaković, Dobrea, Zaharie, Varvariea) and Puccini’s La Boheme (Brumar, Vezentan, Pataca), both with standing ovations. Again with standing ovation, maestro conducted Puccini’s Tosca (Jelić, Maksimović, Lučić) in Novi Sad Serbian National Opera, end of October. Next month Maestro had stuning ovations at his debut at Slovenian National Thetare Opera and Ballet, performing two days Verdi’s Nabucco (Kobal, Kolar, Sekulić). The year was closed again with Orchestra Sinfonica della Callabria, performing in front of the full and delighted audience, anouncing the Puccini`s year with excerpts from Tosca and Madama Butterfly (Lattante, Guerra).
In 2023, on February the 1st, mr. Savić debuted in new concert hall in Novi Sad, which was for the first time completely full, on the occasion of Day of Novi Sad, appearing with „Rocher“ Chamber Orchestra and Z. Belić, soprano. Later next week, maestro conducted Puccini*s La Boeheme (Christescu, Ifrim, Pataca) with Roamnian National Opera in Timisoara. This event was followed by the Valentine`s Day Opera Gala in Serbian National Theatre Novi Sad, again in front of delighted and full audience. In March, Maestro returned to Romanian National Opera Timisoara, conducting Puccini`s Madama Butterfrfly (Wang, Lazaroe, Pataca). For International Women`s Day, together with tenore Federico Serra and Niš Symphony Orchestra, Maestro produced an unforgetable evening in front of the delighted audience. First week of April, one of the top Russian Orchestras, prestigeous Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra from Kazan, hosted Mo Savić, together with a brilliant soloist from Armenia, cellist Narek Haknazarian, succesfully performing difficult repertory of Ravel, Strauss and Sibelius. The week to follow, Maestro took part in a Jury for the first edition of Concorso Lirirco Davide Gaetano in Coversano, Italy. The end of the same month, mr Savić conducted SO RTS in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Beograd Kolarac Hall, the Piano Concerto of S. Božić (A. Sinchuk, soloist), as the part of the festival dedicated and inspired by Hilandar Monastery. In May, maestro had a tremendous success with Opera Hong Kong, four evenings of Verdi’s Trovatore and an exqusite cast (Berti, Serafin, Cornetti, Piazzola – staging Castiglione). End of May, a new production of Mozart’s Magic Flute took place in Niš, with NSO, SKC Chorus and National Theatre with various soloists (I. Vuković staging), again with a great success. The end of season was marked with a tremendous evening with NSO and brilliant violinist Stefan Milenkovic on full Nis Fortress Stage, marking 70 years of the Nis Symphony Orchestra. Beginning of the new season early September, on the same venue, presented the fantastic Niš debut of Željko Lučić, baritone, with „Stanislav Biniički“ SO with full Verdi repertory. A week later, the 5t, edition of BWF Opera on Water, presented an extraordinary performance of Puccini‘s La Boheme, in front of delighted audience (Garifulina, Jancic, Roma, Lučić, Stamatović – staging Di Carlo), under batton of Mo Savić, with Romaninan National Opera Timisoara. Later the same month, cellebrating 300 years of Niš Fortress, followed the spectacular performance of Beethoven‘s IX Symphony (Kerkez, Del Monaco, Kitanovski, Milosavljević soloists), with NSO and united voices of RTS Choir, SKC and Niš Chamber Choir.
Among the others, some of the names with which mr Savic cooperated are Mikis Theodorakis, Costas Paschalis, Ludovic Spiess, Maya Plisetskaya, Vladimir Vasilev, Jiri Menzel, Bonaldo Giaiotti, Maria Slatinaru – Nistor, Corneliu Murgu, Alexandrina Milcheva, Peter Dvorsky, Ljubov Kazarnovskaya, GianCarlo del Monaco and other.
D. Savic made recordings for Radio and TV in many countries as well as several CD’s for the PGP production of RTV Belgrade, Romanian National Radiodifusion, Bulgarian National RTV, Greek National RTV a.o. For his artistic achievments he has received a number of recognitions and awards.
Mr Savic is fluently speaking English, French, Italian, German and Russian language.
Chief Conductor, The Beograd National Theater Opera and
Ballet Company 2004-2022
Conductor/Artistic Director, 'Pro Classica' Chamber Orchestra 1998-03
Principal Conductor, The Beograd National Theater Opera and
Ballet Company 1993-04
Principal Conductor/Artistic Director, 'Baruch Bros'
Mixed Choir 1987-01
Conductor/Artistic Director, 'Pro Musica' Chamber Orchestra 1993-95
Conductor in Chief/Artistic Director, Nis Symphony
Principal Guest - Conductor, Greek RTV, Athens 1987-91
Founder/Artistic Director, Beograd Chamber Choir 1988-89
Principal Conductor/Music Director, 'Tesla' Male Choir 1986-87
Principal Conductor/Music Director, 'Polet' Female Choir 1985-86
Principal Conductor/Music Director, 'Abrasevic' Mixed Choir 1980-85
Superintendant, The Beograd National Theater 2012-18
General Manager, The Beograd National Theater Opera 2007-10
Superintendant, The Beograd National Theater 2005-07
General Manager, The Beograd National Theater Opera
and Ballet Company 2001-04
Special Artistic Advisor, The Ministry of Culture,
Government of Serbia 2001-02
Artistic Board Member, The International Jeunesses Musicales
Competition, Beograd 2000-04
President of the Artistic Board, Jewish Community Beograd 1987-99
President of the Artistic Board, NIMUS Nis Music Festival 1992-94
Artistic Board Member, Jeunesse Musicales of Serbia 1990-92
President of the Artistic Board, Yugoslav Choral Festival, Nis 1988-96
The 17th Blue Danube International MasterClass
for young conductors, Stara Zagora State Opera,
The 16th Blue Danube International MasterClass
for young conductors, Stara Zagora State Opera,
The 15th Blue Danube International MasterClass
for young conductors, Stara Zagora State Opera,
The 14th Blue Danube International MasterClass
for young conductors, Stara Zagora State Opera,
The 13th Blue Danube International MasterClass
for young conductors, Russe State Opera, Bulgaria 2017
Professor, SloboMir University, Bijeljina,
Bosnia and Herzegovina 2016
The 12th Blue Danube International MasterClass
for young conductors, Russe State Opera, Bulgaria 2016
The 11th Blue Danube International MasterClass
for young conductors, Russe State Opera, Bulgaria 2016
The 10th Blue Danube International MasterClass
for young conductors, Russe State Opera, Bulgaria 2015
The 9th Blue Danube International MasterClass
for young conductors, Burgas State Opera, Bulgaria 2014
The 8th Blue Danube International MasterClass
for young Conductors,Burgas State Opera, Bulgaria 2013
The 7th Peter the Great Academy Symphonic masterclass for
young conductors, The State Hermitage Orchestra,
Saint Petersburg, Russia 2012
The 7th Blue Danube International MasterClass
for young Conductors,Burgas State Opera, Bulgaria 2012
The 6th Blue Danube International MasterClass
for young Conductors,Burgas State Opera, Bulgaria 2011
Professor, Academy of Fine Arts, Beograd 2010-2012
Conducting Masterclass, Orquestra do Algarve, Faro, Portugal 2010
The 5th Blue Danube International MasterClass
for young Conductors,Burgas State Opera, Bulgaria 2010
Professor of Choir, Orchestra and Score Reading,
'Vojislav Vuckovic' Music Highschool, Nis 1991-93
Professor of Choir, Orchestra and Score Reading,
'Kornelije Stankovic' Music Highschool, Beograd 1990-91
Professor of Choir and Orchestra, 'Petar Konjovic'
Music Primary School, Beograd 1986-88
Concorso Lirirco Davide Gaetano, Coversano, Italy 2023
The "Belvedere" Singing Competition, Irkutsk, Russia 2019
1st International Singing Competition "Elena Teodorini",
Craiova, Romania 2013
VII International Music Competition Petar Konjovic,
Beograd, Serbia 2012
3rd Blue Danube International Competition for young Opera
Conductors, Burgas, Bulgaria 2009
XVII International Boris Christoff Young Opera Singers
Competition, Sofia, Bulgaria 2009
'Abrasevic' Mixed Choir, Beograd
'Baruh Brothers' Serbo - Jewish Singing Society
'Polet' Female Choir, Beograd
'Tesla' Male Choir, Beograd
Beograd Chamber Choir
'Vojislav Vuckovic' Mixed Choir, Nis
The University of Nis Mixed Choir
The German - Yugoslav Choral Week Associated Choir
The Spiritual Academy Choir, Studenica Monastery
The Yugoslav Choral Festival Associated Choir, Nis
Pescara International Festival Associated Choir, Italy
The Jeunesses Musicales International Competition Finale, Beograd
'Pro Musica' Chamber Orchestra, Beograd
'Pro Classica' Chamber Orchestra, Beograd
St. George Strings, Beograd
The Beograd Sinfonietta
'Jeunesses Musicales' Strings, Beograd
NATAN Chamber Ensemble, Beograd
'Horreum Margi' Chamber Group, Cuprija
RTV Serbia Symphony Orchestra and Choir
Beograd Philharmonic Orchestra
'Stanislav Binicki', The Yugoslav Army Symphony Orchestra and Choir
Nis Symphony Orchestra
Zrenjanin Chamber Orchestra
RTV Croatia Symphony Orchestra
Greek RTV Symphony Orchestra and Choir
State Philharmonia of Greece
State Symphony Orchestra of Thessaloniki, Greece
City Symphony Orchestra of Thessaloniki, Greece
The Large Symphony Orchestra of National Radio, Sofia, Bulgaria
Rousse State Philharmonia, Bulgaria
Burgas State Philharmonia, Bulgaria
The State Symphony Orchestra of Tomsk, Russia
The Bloomingdale Music Society Symphony Orchestra, New York, USA
'Oltenia' State Philharmonia and Choir of Craiova, Romania
'Gavriil Musicescu' State Philharmonia and Choir of Iassi, Romania
The Strasbourg National Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, France
The Irish RTV Concert Symphony Orchestra, Dublin
Beograd National Theater Opera and Ballet Company
Novi Sad Serbian National Theater Opera and Ballet Company
Nis City Opera
The Macedonian National Theater Opera, Skopje, Macedonia
DGOS National Opera, Dublin, Ireland
National Opera of Greece, Athens
Opera Norsk, Oslo, Norway
Opera National du Rhin, Strasbourg, France
Les Jeunes Voix du Rhin, Colmar, France
The Chamber Opera of Thessaloniki, Greece
The Rialto Theater Opera, Lemessos, Cyprus
VolksOper, Wien, Austria
The National Opera, Bucharest, Romania
The National Opera and Ballet Symphony Orchestra, Bucharest, Romania
The National Opera Symphony Orchestra, Sofia, Bulgaria
L’Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia, Italia
Coro Polifonico “David Brunori”, Iesi, Italia
FORM – Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, Italy
Coro Lirico citta di Bitonto, Italy
Orchestra Filarmonica Salernitana “Giuseppe Verdi”, Italy
Orchestra Filarmonica “Gioachino Rossini”, Pesaro, Italy
The Brno Symphoniker, Brno, Czechia
The Festival Chorus, Opern-Air, Gars am Kamp, Austria
The Rhein Philharmony, Koblenz, Germany
The StaadtTheater, Koblenz, Germany
The New Strings Chamber Orchestra, Beograd
The Apuliae Chamber Orchestra, Foggia, Italy
The Orchestra and Choir of the State Opera – Philharmonic Society, Burgas, Bulgaria
Orchestra Nuova Europa, Firenze, Italy
Coro Lirico di Bitonto, Firenze, Italy
The Brno National Opera Chorus, Brno, Czechia
Osterreiches Akademisches Orchester, Vienna, Austria
Orquestra do algarve, Faro, Portugal
The Siberian State Opera Choir and Orchestra, Krasnoyarsk, Russia
Narodny Divadlo Choir and Orchestra, Bratislava, Slovakia
National Opera Choir and Orchestra, Timisoara, Romania
London Symphony Orchestra, London, England
The National Opera and Ballet, Sofia, Bulgaria
The Symphony Orchestra of the Academy of Arts, Nis, Serbia
The Sofia Philharmony, Sofia, Bulgaria
Lyric Theater "Elena Teodorini" Choir and Orchestra, Craiova, Romania
Cyprus State Symphony Orchestra, Nicosia, Cyprus
Ural Opera and Ballet Federal Theater, Ekaterinburg, Russia
Orchestra Sinfonica Lucana, Italy
Coro "Euro Mediterraneo", Potenza, Italy
Opera Chorus "La Scala", Seoul, Korea
City Orchestra of Busan, Korea
Ochestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Palermo, Italy
Orchestra Sinfonica "Simone Boccanegra", Genova, Italy
Coro "Quadrivium", Genova, Italy
National Opera and Ballet Symphony Orchestra, Tirana, Albania
Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana, Parma, Italy
Opera Nationala Kluj Napoca, Romania
Croatian National Theater Osijek, Croatia
Irkutsk Governatory Orchestra & Chorus, Irkutsk, Russia
Orchestra della Toscana, Firenze, Italy
CLT Coro Lirico Toscana, Livorno, Italy
South Czech Philharmony Orhestra, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
Rousse State Opera, Rousse, Bulgaria
Korea COOP Orchestra, Seoul, Korea
Gimhae City Choral, Gimhae, Korea
Winner Opera Chorus, Seoul, Korea
Choir and Orchestra, Festival Pucciniano, Torre del Lago, Italy
Choir and Orchestra, Ente Luglio Musicale Trapanese, Trapani, Italy
Coro Lirico Trivenetto, Scuola Cantorum di S. Giustina, Italy
City Orchestra, Ferrara, Italy
Orchestra Filarmonica, Benevento, Italy
Coro Lirico Abruzzese, Abruzzo, Italy
State Opera Varna, Bulgaria
RTV Albania Symphony Orchestra, Tirana
"Dokuz Eylul" State University Conservatory Simphony Orchestra, Izmir, Turkey
State Opera and Ballet Theater Symphony Orchestra, Tbilisi, Georgia
State Symphony Orchestra of Fuijien Province, Fuzhou, China
North Czech Philharmony Orchestra, Teplice, Czech Republic
Music Center Symphony Orchestra, Batumi, Georgia
National Thetaer Opera and Ballet, Sarajevo, BiH
Madlenianum Theater, Beograd
Subotica Symphony Orchestra, Subotica
Orchestra Sinfonica della Callabria, Callabria, Italy
Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra, Kazan, Russia
“Rocher” Chamber Orchestra, Beograd
Slovenian National Opera and Ballet, Ljubljana, Slovenia