Dušica Bijelic was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina and later moved to Serbia. She started her musical education at the age of eight, studying piano and competing in youth singing competitions. She subsequently began to study acting and dance, and became the host of a children’s show on a Serbian national television at the age of twelve, continuing for five years.
Ms.Bijelic studied singing at the University of Fine Arts in Belgrade with Ljudmila Gross-Popovic, then at the Vienna University of Music with Gabriele Lechner, and received a full scholarship to attend the Opera Studio of Santa Cecilia in Rome with Renata Scotto, followed by the first year of a Master’s degree at Bard College Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program where she studied with Dawn Upshaw, Kayo Iwama, Daniel Ferro and Loraine Nubar.
She has also received full scholarships to attend the Daniel Ferro Vocal Program in Tuscany for six summers, and has participated in master classes with Raul Gimenez Barcelona and with Renée Fleming, as part of Marilyn Horne’s workshop The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall.
Competitions successes include winner in the Career Bridges Competition in New York, the Audience Prize at the Wildbad Rossini Festival, finalist in the Paris Opera Competition, finalist in the Feruccio Tagliavini Music Competition in Austria and First Prize in the Nikola Cvejic International Singing Competition in Serbia.
Dusica Bijelic joined the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme from September 2012-2014. She made her Royal Opera debut as Dame in Robert le Diable, followed by Anna Nabucco, Tebaldo Don Carlo, Yvette La rondine, First Esquire Parsifal, Guardian of the Threshold Die Frau ohne Schatten, Barbarina Le nozze di Figaro, and soprano soloist in Poulenc’s Gloria. She covered Tatyana Eugene Onegin, Lisette La rondine, Micaela Carmen, Marguerite Faust and Blanche Les Dialogues des Carmelites. She also did concert tour for ROH at the National Opera in Rio de Janeiro. The prestigious British newspaper, The Independent, selected her as one of the top eight “Bright Young Things in the Arts” of 2014.
In late 2014, Dusica took a short career break to begin a family with her husband, basso Ugo Rabec, resuming work a year later after the birth of their daughter Giulia.
Following this, she performed the roles of Sophie (Werther) and Adina (L’elisir d’amore) at the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste, Pavle (Suton by Stevan Hristic) at the Opera Theatre Madlenianum in Belgrade, Odette Darimond (Kálmán’s Die Bajadere) in HNK Osijek. In concert Dusica sang the Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss at Philharmonic Hall in Belgrade, the Mozart Requiem with RTS Philharmonic Orchestra, embarking as well on a concert tour in China.
She has already been welcomed by houses such as Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Madrid Teatro Real, Trieste Teatro Verdi, Aix en Provence Festival, Wildbad Rossini Festival, New York Carnehie Hall, Alice Tally Hall, Morgan Library, HNK Osijek, Madlenijanum, Belgrade National Theatre….
She worked with well-acclaimed music directors such as: Antonio Pappano, Marco Armiliato, Simon Rattle, Semyon Bychkov, Nicola Luisotti, Daniel Oren… And she was directed by Laurent Pelly, David McVicar, Daniele Abbado, Nicolas Joël, Stephen Langridge, Fabio Sparvoli, Ira Siff….