Leon Kosavic



Leon Kosavic was born in 1991 and began his vocal education at the age of twelve. He graduated and attained his master’s degree at The Academy of Music in Zagreb in the class of Maestro Giorgio Surian. He is part of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel under the guidance of José van Dam.

In 2011, he was awarded first prize at the Croatian national competition for students and made his debut as Moralés (Carmen) in a production of The Academy of Music. In the same year he started his professional career at The Croatian National Theatre as Papageno where he also performed Masetto, Moralés and most recently made his debut as Don Giovanni.

In 2014 Leon Kosavic made his debut as Orfeo (Orfeo ed Euridice) at the Concert Hall Vatroslav Lisinski. In the same year he performed in Finland Pilate in Bach´s Johannes Passion with The Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä.

Furthermore he sang a gala concert at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival alongside with The Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Uros Lajovic.

In 2015, Leon appeared as Dottor Malatesta (Don Pasquale) at Finnish National Opera in Helsinki. At the end of 2015, the awarding ceremony of the Croatian Theatre Arts’ Awards was held at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb. Leon Kosavic has won in the category of outstanding achievement by young artists up to 30 years for his performance as Don Giovanni.

Most recently Leon performed with the Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra and sang Mozart' Mass in C minor in Bergen alongside with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of great Nathalie Stutzmann. Further Leon appeared in Liverpool with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra where he sung Bach’s St Matthew Passion conducted by Nathalie Stutzmann. In 2017 he made his succesful debut as Figaro in Rossinis Barbiere in Helsinki followed by the title role in Don Giovanni in Stuttgart, Figaro at the Opéra de Wallonie in Liège, Malatesta in Zagreb, Matthäuspassion in Rotterdam the Mozart Requiem with the London Philharmonic, Masetto in Lausanne and Pin in Turandot at Covent Garden, London.

For his young age he won already some of the most prestigious prizes for young artists such as the 3rd prize at The Mirjam Helin International Singin Competition , 1st prize at the Emmerich Smola Förderpreis and at the Stanislaw Moniuszko Competition (3rd prize), among others.  2015 he was qualified for the finals of the prestigious Norwegian competiton „Queen Sonja International Music Competition“. Among more than 400 applicants, he was ultimately one of the 5 artists to enter the grand final.

Future projects include Halévys Juive in Antwerpen, Figaro in Nozze di Figaro in Strasbourg und Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte in Lausanne.

Repertoire Opera

  • Composer Work Role
  • Bellini I Puritani Riccardo *
  • Bizet Carmen Moralés
  • Donizetti Don Pasquale Malatesta
  • Donizetti Maria Stuarda Lord Guglielmo Cecil *
  • Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor Lord Enrico Ashton *
  • Donizetti Roberto Devereux Duke of Nottingham *
  • Donizetti Poliuto Severo
  • Gluck Orfeo ed Euridice Orfeo
  • Mozart Die Zauberflöte Papageno
  • Mozart Don Giovanni Don Giovanni, Leporello, Masetto
  • Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro Figaro, Conte Almaviva
  • Mozart Cosi fan Tutte Guglielmo *
  • Puccini La Bohème Marcello
  • Rossini La cambiale di Matrimonio Norton
  • Rossini La Cenerentola Dandini *
  • Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia Figaro
  • Rossini Il Viaggio a Reims Antonio
  • Stravinsky Le Rossignol L'Empereur
* in preparation



  • Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Opéra National du Rhin, September 2018

    Le matérieu vocale est superbe, riche et séduisant, d'une impeccable projection.

    ResMusica, Sept. 18, 2018

    Mit seiner voluminösen Stimme erobert es die Bühne im Nu. Dazu ist er stimmlich äusserst flink und feurig, sein "Largo al factotum" zieht er wie ein Spinnennetz durch die Halle der Villa.

    Basler Zeitung, Sept. 20, 2018

    Le baryton Leon Kosavic est très à l'aise dans le rôle de Figaro, comme chanteur et acteur.

    L'Alsace, Sept. 21, 2018

    Après son formidable Figaro mozartien à Liège au printemps dernier, Leon Kosavic effectue ses debuts en France avec brio et se montre l'un des meilleurs acteurs chantants qui soit. Son timbre superbe au grain serré et rare fait le reste.

    ODB-Opéra, Sept. 22, 2018

    Véritable révélation dans Les Noces de Figaro (rôle-titre) en avril dernier à Liège, le baryton croate Leon Kosavic renouvelle notre enthousiasme dans le rôle de Figaro, et séduit par son engagement physique, son incarnation vive et délurée de bad boy balafré, et, bien sûr, par la qualité de son chant.

    Opera Online, Sept. 27, 2018


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