Zeljko Lucic, 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, Zeljko Lucic served notice that he is one of today's pre-eminent Verdi baritones."
In season 2012-13, Zeljko Lucic is engaged to sing the title role in Rigoletto for the Metropolitan Opera’s new production, for San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Teatro alla Scala. Also in 2012-13 he sings title roles in Simon Boccanegra and Macbeth in returns to Bayerische Staatsoper, and Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera in a return to Teatro alla Scala. In summer 2012 he sang as Rigoletto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, under Gustavo Dudamel. Mr. Lucic returned again in season 2011-12 to the Metropolitan Opera to sing the title role in Nabucco; to Stadtische Bühnen Frankfurt as Scarpia in Tosca and Iago in Otello; to Opéra de Paris in the title role of Rigoletto, also to Oper Köln in the same role; to Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich) as Miller in Luisa Miller; and to Wiener Staatsoper as Germont in La traviata and Scarpia in Tosca. In the summer of 2011 he made his Salzburger Festspiele debut in the title role of Macbeth in a new production directed by Peter Stein and conducted by Riccardo Muti.
He returned once again to the Metropolitan Opera in the 2010-11 season to sing Di Luna in Il trovatore, the title role in Rigoletto, and Enrico in the company’s Japan tour of Lucia di Lammermoor. He also performed the role of Scarpia in Tosca at Teatro alla Scala, Don Carlos in La forza del destino with Wiener Staatsoper, and Miller in Luisa Miller with Bayerische Staatsoper.
Other highlights include his return to the Metropolitan Opera to sing Michele in Il tabarro;the title role in Nabucco with both Wiener Staatsoper and Oper Frankfurt; Don Carlo in Ernani with Asociacíon Bilbaína de Amigos de la Opera; the title role in Simon Boccanegra with Oper Frankfurt; Iago in Otello with Deutsche Oper Berlin; and Germont in La traviata with Royal Opera House: Covent Garden. He also performed at the annual Richard Tucker Gala in New York City.
After his monumental success as the title role in the Metropolitan Opera’s live, international HD broadcast production of Macbeth, Zeljko Lucic returned to sing the title role in Rigoletto, Germont in La traviata and Count di Luna in Il trovatore. Other successes include the title role in Macbeth, Miller in Luisa Miller, and Germont in La traviata with the Bayerische Staatsoper; a return to Oper Frankfurt to perform as Rodrigo in Don Carlo in a gala concert, as well as Zurga in Les Pêcheurs de perles; and the title role in Rigoletto for Teatro Real in Madrid.
Mr. Lucic’s many return engagements in recent seasons included the Wiener Staatsoper to sing the role of Germont; Staatsoper Dresden as the title role in Rigoletto; and Oper Frankfurt as the title roles in Simon Boccanegra and Macbeth, Iago in concert performances of Otello, Michele in Il tabarro, and the title role in Gianni Schicchi. He also performed the title role in Macbeth at both Bayerische Staatsoper and Amigos de la Opera in Coruña, Spain and performed the title role in Nabucco in Zagreb.
Successes include his Metropolitan Opera debut as Barnaba in La Gioconda, his performance with Dallas Opera as the title role in Nabucco, with Bayerische Staatsoper as Don Carlo in La forza del destino and with Wiener Staatsoper as Germont in La traviata. He appeared with Oper Frankfurt as the title role in Simon Boccanegra, Renato in Un ballo in maschera, and Yeletsky in Pique Dame. In the summer of 2007, he made his Boston Symphony Orchestra debut at Tanglewood as Rodrigo in a concert performance of Don Carlo under James Levine, and sang Amonasro in Aida for Staatsoper Dresden.
Mr. Lucic made an unscheduled debut with L'Opéra National de Paris singing Count di Luna for the opening of the new Francesca Zambello production of Il trovatore. He has also sung the at Bregenz Festival, Hamburgische Staatsoper, and with Oper Frankfurt. He returned to San Francisco Opera to sing Don Carlo in La forza del destino after his debut with the company as Germont in La traviata - a role he has also sung at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, the Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg, and the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence.
Zeljko Lucic's extensive performance repertoire also includes Lescaut in Manon Lescaut with Bayerische Staatsoper; Guy de Montfort in Les Vêpres siciliennes with Radio Filharmonisch Orkest at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw; Sharpless in Madama Butterfly at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, Semperoper Dresden, and Oper Frankfurt; and both the title role in Eugene Onegin, and Graf von Nevers in Les Huguenots with Oper Frankfurt. He has also appeared with many orchestras, including the Hessischer Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra, Belgrade Filharmony, and RTB Symphony Orchestra.