Singing is my life. Hope you will enjoy my website. TSQ
Born in Makarska, Croatia, mezzo-soprano, Tanja Simic is recognized for the rich, warm color of her instrument and strong acting abilities.
She received both her Bachelor of Music & Master of Music in Voice from the Mannes College of Music in New York City where she was a scholarship recipient.
As part of the opera program, she performed many Opera scenes and roles such as: Cherubino, Marcellina, Hansel, Tisbe, Dorabella, Carmen & Sesto, among others. Her recent engagements have included the role of Imelda in "Oberto", G. Verdi with the Berliner Opern Gruppe, the role of Sally in "A Hand of Bridge", S. Barber, Mrs. Nolan in "The Medium", G. Menotti and Maggie in "The Gift of the Magi", D. Conte with the Berlin International Opera.
Ms. Simic was an award recipient of the New Jersey Alliance competition (2002) as well as receiving the Artist International award, which culminated in a solo concert at the Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall in 2004. She has also been a participant of the Bach Festival in 2000 and La Belle Epoque Festival in 2002. During the summer of 2004 she was accepted in prestigeous IVIA summer program held in Puerto Rico where she had worked with the coaches from the Metropolitan Opera. She was a winner of the KammerOper Rheinsberg competition in 2009 and was invited to perform in their summer festival numerous concerts an the role of a Satyr in the “Satyrspiel” by Siegfried Matthus. Tanja had sung Solo Alto part with Orchestras in Portugal such as: A. Vivaldi: Gloria, A. Honegger: Le Roi David, W.A Mozart: C minor Mass and Vespere solennes de Confesorre.
She has sung the world premieres of pieces such as: "Lieder", Pedro Moreira (2000), the role of Villa in "Sirena", P. Sisa (2008), and the symphony "Vor dem Verstummen", H. Weiss (2008) as well as Maggie in the German premiere of "The Gift of the Magi", David Conte (2010).
Ms. Simic is also an established concert and lied singer. She has performed many recitals in New York, Croatia, Spain, Holland and Germany with pianists such as: Alexandar Frey, Dunja Robotti, Madalina Pasol, Kanako Nakagawa, John Lidal, Glen Morton, Orly Alonso, Leo Shih and guitar players: Mislav Rezic, and Miroslac Loncar. She has collaborated with conductors such as: Lothar Zagroshek, Nicholas Kraemer, Pedro Ramos, Paulo Lourenco, Toshihisa Okamoto, Marzio Conti, Jurgen Bruns, Felix Kireger, Roland Mell, Zlatan Srzic, Olav Kroger, Kevin McCutcheon, Sung Jin Hong, Ted Taylor, Joseph Colaneri.
Tanja was singing and performing in Audio and Video Art works from Julian Rosefeldt, Barbara Breitenfellner, Jorge and Reynold Reynolds.
Among her past and current Voice Teachers are: Branka Ristic´, Ruth Falcon, Beth Roberts, Abbie Furmansky, John Norris,Thomas Michael Allen, Donna Morein.
Since 2013, Tanja Simic Quieroz has been living in Lisboa, Portugal, where she also maintains a private vocal studio.
Karin Coper, Orpheus Magazine 2010:
"Tanja Simic stands out with her individuality technically well menaged mezzosopran and actor presence."
(S. Barber: A Hand of Bridge, May 2010)
Zlatko Stahuljak, Vjesnik.hr 2008:
"Tanja Simic, mezzosopran with beautiful and voluminous voice."
(Pero Sisa: Sirena, August 2008)
Mark Greenfest, Brooklyn Heights Press 2004:
"Tanja Simic has and oustanding stage presence. She knows how to project her voice that is already rich, expressive, her diction is clear and articulate, her range is well modulated with beautiful even georgeous tone."
(Carnegie Hall concert, Feb 2004.