"... Belgrade-born Milena Kitic, is a real find, with a voice as golden as her hair. Tall and elegant, she is one of those rare
performers whose mere presence on a stage is mesmerizing.
The voice is richly textured, with a fine and flexible upper
range, and those dark lower notes that you expect
from Eastern European singers ..."
-The Blackmore Vale Magazine, England
"... Milena Kitic, singing better all the time...
Kitic has turned in a powerful vocal performer,
her lows ringing richly, her highs closely focused,
her phrasing elegantly disciplined ..."
-Timothy Mangan, Opera News
Milena Kitic, a renowned mezzo-soprano,
has performed numerous roles with opera
companies around the world in the last two decades.
Perhaps best known for her performance as the title role
in Carmen, Kitic has played Carmen in major performance
venues across the United States and Europe with Belgrade,
Serbia Opera (former Yugoslavia), Essen Opera in Germany,
Washington, D.C. Opera, Baltimore Opera, Los Angeles Opera,
Opera Pacific, and Metropolitan Opera.
She has received numerous accolades for her performances, including the German Music Critic's Award for
"Performer of the Season'' in 1998 and the Opera Pacific Guild's "Diva of the Year" in 2005. The
International Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Belgrade, Serbia, has established a special prize for
"the best young mezzo-soprano" in Kitic's name.
Her talent earned her the inaugural Artist-in-Residence Award given by Chapman University in Orange,
California, where she is an adjunct professor and master class instructor. She also works closely with
the Orange County High School of the Arts and runs a private vocal studio.
Kitic currently serves as chair of artistic excellence for the LA Opera with whom she most recently performed
the role of Carmen, Albine in "Thais" (with Placido Domingo), Mrs. Noah in "Noah's Flood" (conduced by Mo.
James Conlon), and will again appear as Suzuki in "Madame Butterfly" in March 2016 (conducted by Mo. J. Conlon).
Among other most recent performances are her "signature" role of Carmen with the Pacific Symphony in Costa Mesa,
CA and a solo-recital in Houston, TX (both in Feb. 2015).
Kitic presently resides in Newport Beach, California.