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Biography
The first Belgrade Baroque Academy was held in April of 2013. Through the efforts of two Serbian baroque music specialists, contralto Marijana Mijanovic and baritone, harpsichordist and conductor Predrag Gosta, about a dozen young musicians explored the music of J.S. Bach, Purcell, and Monteverdi. After the successful final concert, the artistic directors Gosta and Mijanovic continued their activities at the 2nd Academy, held in conjunction of the Belgrade Early Music Festival in June of 2013. This second project was even more ambitious - the presentation of a fully staged performance of Henry Purcell's operatic masterpiece "Dido and Aeneas". This performance also marked the first ever performance of a baroque opera on period instruments at the Belgrade National Theatre. The great success of this performance encouraged the artists to pursue their efforts in a systematic and permanent manner, with a hope for a permanent establishment of the Belgrade Baroque Academy as an educational institution in Serbia.
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