Vocalist - Baritone
Acclaim
 
RIGOLETTO - Metropolitan Opera (HD simulcast)

“Once the performance began, it became clear that this cast was, indeed, the right one for simulcasting. The various close-up shots, more often than not, showed the players to be deeply engrossed in the drama. Zeljko Lucic’s portrayal employed broad physical gestures, but also showed detailed expressiveness in close-up. It was a strong performance dramatically with a fantastic baritone voice to boot.”

Jeffery S McMillan, Bachtrack
Review: San Francisco Opera opens 90th season with a powerful 'Rigoletto'
“Serbian baritone Zeljko Lucic, as the jester Rigoletto, has a voice that barbs and caresses his audience, but ultimately fastens it in a treacherous bear hug; his Rigoletto is majestic even when repellent, a lethal combination that goes to the crux of this complex character’s humanity. You feel his life force -- even when he is driven to his knees.”
Richard Scheinin, San Jose Mercury News
Rigoletto: 'Rigoletto' at S.F. Opera
“Zeljko Lucic emphasized the character’s volatility and snarling strength, in a performance of sinewy force.”
Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle
Lucic, Kurzak, Praiseworthy in Season Opening "Rigoletto" - San Francisco Opera, September 7, 2012
“Lucic portrayed a loving father of his only ‘treasure’, his daughter Gilda – but a father who is embittered by knowledge of the dark side of human nature, and who seethes with rage at the circumstances in which he finds himself. … Possessing a sturdy dramatic baritone, Lucic was effective in Rigoletto’s great scenes – his first encounter with the assassin Sparafucile; his expression of rage against the courtiers, followed by pathos as he pleads for information on his kidnapped daughter; and his vow of vengeance against the Duke for raping Gilda.”
Opera Warhorses
SF Opera's Opening Night Rigoletto
“Zeljko Lucic impressed in the title role. His sound has volume and richness. The tenderness of Act I Scene 2 contrasted nicely with the despair of the last scene.”
Opera Tattler
'Rigoletto' is given character by Dudamel, L.A. Phil
"Zeljko Lucic stands tall in title role at Hollywood Bowl, and Gustavo Dudamel brings out the drama of Verdi's work through Los Angeles Philharmonic's playing.

"Lucic's Rigoletto was as raw as an exposed nerve. He showed little tenderness even with his daughter. It was never about her, just him — his rage at his deformity and his fury with his employer, the Duke. Verdi may not have expected Rigoletto to be so unsympathetic, but Lucic's interpretation was chillingly modern. He was always ready to sacrifice a beautiful sound and a clean line when inner anguish made that seem artificial. Though him, we saw how a man can be unnervingly drawn to kill when a weapon or means is available."

Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times
Fénelon's Gnarled 'Orchard'
"There's nonstop action in Giuseppe Verdi's ‘Rigoletto' at the Opéra Bastille-seduction, kidnapping and murder, along with soaring melody, a roster of Verdi's greatest hits and superb performances by Serbian baritone Zeljko Lucic and Georgian soprano Nino Machaidze as Rigoletto and Gilda."
Judy Fayard, Wall Street Journal
Angela Meade honored at star-studded concert
"Baritone Zeljko Lucic contributed a stirring rendition of ‘Eri tu' from Verdi's ‘Un ballo in maschera' ..."
Mike Silverman, Huffington Post
Macbeth - Salzburg Festival Opera
"Zeljko Lucic captured the complexity of Macbeth's emotions well."
Jorg von Uthmann, Opera News
Metropolitan Opera
"Zeljko Lucic anchors the show with his stylishly smooth yet incisive singing as the mad despot of the opera's title."
New Yorker
Trim 'Barber' vs. excess of biblical proportions
"Baritone Zeljko Lucic not only kept his dignity, but sang with a power and elegance revealing the innate nobility of Verdi's score."
James Jorden, New York Post
Maria Guleghina brings Verdi's 'Nabucco' back to the Met after 6-year absence
"Baritone Zeljko Lucic was every bit her match in the title role, with mellifluous, dark singing in the duets and a pained regal bearing."
Ronald Blum, Associated Press
Opera at the Salzburg Summer Festival
"Baritone Zeljko Lucic was an impressive Macbeth, especially in the banquet scene when accosted by the ghosts of Banquo."
Irving Spitz, Jerusalem Post
Muti bids arrivederci to opera in Salzburg with superior Verdi 'Macbeth'
"Indeed, both Serjan and Zeljko Lucic, the admirable Serbian bass-baritone who sang Macbeth, rose to particular distinction in their final scenes. I have heard deeper, darker Macbeth voices but few as musical as Lucic's."
John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune
Review: Salzburg Festival
"Zeljko Lucic played Macbeth as the weakling that his wife says he is ... but his terror in the banquet scene, when he sees the murdered Banquo's ghost, was palpable."
Heidi Waleson, Wall Street Journal
"... baritone Zeljko Lucic ... wove suave charm into the aria 'Il balen del suo sorrise,' as the sinister Count di Luna dreams of the woman he loves. In Verdi, even the villain can have a touch of the poet."
James Jordan, New York Post
Bold 'Trovatore,' Inspired by Goya
"Many singers have classically beautiful voices that appeal to almost everyone. There are also excellent singers whose voices may not be generically beautiful but whose vocal artistry is exceptional. Two such - the soprano Patricia Racette and the baritone Zeljko Lucic - were in the cast on Tuesday night when the director David McVicar's production of Verdi's ‘Trovatore,' introduced in the 2008-9 season, returned to the repertory at the Metropolitan Opera. ... Mr. Lucic's biggest Met triumph came in the title role of Verdi's ‘Macbeth' in 2007, when Adrian Noble's production was unveiled. This impressive Serbian artist is not a classic Italianate Verdi baritone with a warm, robust voice. His voice is burnished yet focused, with a minimum of vibrato. Yet his singing has inherently poignant richness."
Anthony Tommasini, New York Times
Otello, Deutsche Oper Berlin
"The production's true star, however, was Serbian baritone Zeljko Lucic as a sinewy, bone-chilling Iago. With his crepuscular tones and haunting phrasing, Lucic's Iago was evil incarnate. In this production, Iago amused himself by tossing coins to beggar children, merely to watch them scramble on the floor. Lucic also cooed his most sinister aria, ‘Credo in un Dio crudel,' into the ears of a little girl. There are certainly more booming, more forceful Iagos out there, but Lucic's deliberate performance was shrouded in coiling, unrelenting dread."
Opera News
La Traviata at the MET
"Germont was Zeljko Lucic, who sang Macbeth last season: a real Verdi baritone, with a smooth, mellow sound as large as you could desire, and an actor's judgment of the effect of each word. Most Germonts either stand stiffly or become excessively, even tearfully, sympathetic to the lady with a past whom they encounter in Act II; Lucic's body language showed a provincial's discomfort in this sophisticated milieu, and he had the grace to seem downright embarrassed at the sordid sacrifice he requested of her. A bit of a sob frilled each line of the second verse of 'Di Provenza,' and I thought for a moment they might not cut his cabaletta. Cut it they did; the number is a pointless convenienze, but for once I wanted to keep it in, just to continue reveling in his sound."
John Yohalem, Opera Today
Zeljko Lucic as Macbeth and Nadja Michael as Lady Macbeth
"The central Lord and Lady are portrayed by Serbian baritone Zeljko Lucic and German soprano Nadja Michael. Lucic - who has previously performed the role at the Metropolitan Opera and may be seen on the subsequent DVD release - earned postive reviews as a 'bold, savage Macbeth who sings with solidity and detail.'" Read More...
Matt Blank, Playbill
This is a handout, released to the media on Friday, Oct. 3, 2008 of Zeljko Lucic as Macbeth and Nadja Michael as Lady Macbeth in the opera Macbeth staged by the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Germany. Martin Kusej's new "Macbeth" for the Bavarian State Opera enjoyed a scandalous premiere last night.
"Zeljko Lucic is a bold, savage Macbeth who sings with solidity and detail." Read More...
Shirley Apthorp, Bloomberg
"Close-ups and cross-cuts give the performance a sweeping cinematic and primeval, visceral feel aided by the stars' titanic stature. Zeljko Lucic's Macbeth and Dimitri Pitta's Macduff are beefy beasts with thundering, rumbling voices and imposing stage gravitas." Read More...
Jed Gottlieb, Boston Globe
"The Barbican is one of several participating British institutions, and the first of a series of six shows this winter drew a sizeable crowd of 400. The opera was Verdi's Macbeth, directed by Adrian Noble in a lively staging which updated the scenario to the 1950s. Levine conducted his orchestra magnificently, with Zeljko Lucic giving a forthright reading of the title role and Maria Guleghina barnstorming her way through Lady Macbeth." Read More...
Rupert Christiansen, Daily Telegraph (London)
"The intermission interview with the afternoon's superb Macbeth (Zeljko Lucic) and Lady Macbeth (Maria Guleghina) introduced down-to-earth pros quite unlike the evil characters they were playing that day." Read More...
Donald Rosenberg, Cleveland Plain Dealer
Maria Guleghina as Lady Macbeth and Zeljko Lucic in the title role of Verdi's "Macbeth."
Verdi's 'Macbeth' at Metropolitan Opera
"In the Serbian baritone Zeljko Lucic, it has a Macbeth of the highest caliber, vocally and dramatically. Lucic sang with unfailing beauty at all levels of dynamics, from a tortured whisper to a confident, embracing full voice, his sound sometimes seeming to issue from a twilight world of anguish. The evening's highlight came in the last scene, when Lucic's Macbeth, broken and bewildered, poured out "Piet ... , rispetto, amore" with a buttery legato and soft-grained but potent, soulful tone."
Marion Lignana Rosenberg, New York Newsday
A scene from the Met's "Macbeth," directed by Adrian Noble with sets and costumes designed by Mark Thompson.
The Scottish Opera: The Thane, His Lady, That Spot
"As Macbeth, the baritone Zeljko Lucic, little known to Met audiences, gave an honorable and affecting performance of an intimidating role."
Anthony Tommasini, New York Times
Zeljko Lucic, left, performs the title roll alongside Maria Guleghina performing as Lady Macbeth during the final dress rehearsal of Giuseppe Verdi's "Macbeth" Friday, Oct. 19, 2007 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
"He [Lucic] has the vocal heft of a true Verdi baritone and his portrayal of Macbeth as a man driven by demons beyond his control is persuasive."
Mike Silverman, Associated Press
"Zeljko Lucic, a stylish di Luna, has the timbre and high notes for the role ..." [IL TROVATORE - Bregenz Festival (Austria)]
Opera News
"In his company debut, Lucic displayed a wonderfully large instrument, handled with impeccable intonation and great reserves of breath control. In his Act 2 aria, 'Di Provenza il mar, il suol,' he spun out the melodic phrases with preternatural ease and made the climatic high notes into an emotional turning point." [LA TRAVIATA - San Francisco Opera]
San Francisco Chronicle
"...Zeljko Lucic's Sharpless [is] outstandingly sung..." [MADAMA BUTTERFLY - Royal Opera]
Guardian (London)
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