Živan Saramandić

Soloist, Bass
He was born in Belgrade, on 02/04/1939. He first received an economics degree from the University of Belgrade in 1962. At the same time he was invited to sing at the gala of the cultural institute Orpheum. From that point onwards he committed himself to singing and after studing under the Serbian soprano Zdenka Zikova he pursued a career as a singer. He first appeared at the National Theater Belgrade in the role of the King of Egypt [Aida] (1966) and in 1968 joined the theater’s troupe. In the course of his long career he sang leading and second to leading roles in the operas Prince Igor, La forza del destino, Faust, Nabucco, The barber of Seville [Il barbiere di Siviglia], Boris Godunov, Ernani, Don Quixote by Massenet, Porgy and Bess, Don Carlos, Attila, Glinka’s A life for the Tsar etc. He was also singled out for his vigorous interpretations of black spiritual and Russian folklore songs – the later he borrowed from the repertory of the Russian singer Feodor Chaliapin and presented them in more than five hundred concerts in Russia. He appeared in some of the most distinguished concert halls of the world such as the Bolshoi Theater, the Carnegie Hall, the Operas of Sofia, Bucharest, Prague, Warsaw, Kiev, Odessa, Leningrad, Barcelona, Berlin, Paris, Dublin etc. He was honored repeatedly in Serbia for his contribution to the arts and culture. He died in Belgrade on 29/01/2012. He appeared at the GNO four times: in the role of Don Quixote in the opera of the same name (1986), as Rodrigo and Marqui of Posa in Don Carlos (1987-88) and as Sparafucile in Rigoletto (1989/90, 1995/96).