Vocalist - Baritone

Željko Lučić, a native of Serbia, continues to garner acclaim for his performances of the dramatic baritone repertoire in the world’s leading opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, and L’Opéra National de Paris. For his appearance in La forza del destino with San Francisco Opera, the Financial Times declared, “with this Don Carlo, Željko Lučić served notice that he is one of today’s pre-eminent Verdi baritones.” 

Posted: Oct-20-2016
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Baritone Željko Lučić will return to the role of the police chief Scarpia in the Metropolitan Opera's Tosca, replacing Wolfgang Koch, who has left the production due to illness. Mr. Lučić will sing the role on October 25th. He is also currently performing the role of Jack Rance in La Fanciulla del West at the Metropolitan Opera. 

Posted: Oct-19-2018
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"Looking more mendicant than monarch, the Serbian baritone brought musical intelligence, powerful projection and impressive vocal finesse to a part where heightened histrionics often substitute for inferior singing skills. Verdi places innumerable demands on what was a new kind of 'high baritone' and Lučić had the cantabile of Piero Cappuccilli with the gravitas of Tito Gobbi. There was fury aplenty on the high F natural on 'Dal capo mio la prendi!' and in the opening of the polyphonic canonic 'S’appressan gl’istanti' quintet with chorus Lučić had not only commanding stage presence but the precise 'sottovoce e cupo' quality Verdi specified. The explosive E flat on 'non son più re, son Dio!!' with crashing cymbals and cascading strings had Caligula-like craziness but kept the correct intonation....'Dio di Giuda!,' with a plethora of high F natural fermate and the following 'O prodi miei, seguitemi' cabaletta were the musical high points of the performance."

— OperaWire
Posted: Jun-8-2018
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In June 2008, Giuseppe Verdi temporarily replaced Richard Strauss as the presiding genius at Dresden's Semperoper as baritone Zeljko Lucic, soprano Diana Damrau and tenor Juan Diego Flórez came together for a new production of Rigoletto, directed by Nikolaus Lehnhoff and conducted by Fabio Luisi, chief conductor of the Semperoper, Dresden, General Music Director-elect of the Zurich Opera, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera.
Posted: Oct-25-2010
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Posted: Mar-25-2016