Serbian born soprano Milica Ilic emigrated to the southern hemisphere in her teens and first began serious vocal studies in New Zealand, finally graduating at the Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane, Australia.
After winning many competitions, including the Australian National Eisteddfod and the Dame Joan Sutherland Competition, she went on to become a finalist in the prestigious Sydney based McDonalds Aria Competition and the winner of the Competition Opera De Tenerife and Salicedoro International Competition, Italy.
Her performances include the roles of Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Violetta in La Traviata, Clothilde in Norma, Bettina in Don Procopio, Frasquita in Carmen, Susanna and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, Cunegonda in Candide, Despina in Cosi fan Tutte, Amore in Orfeo ed Euridice, Sophie in Werther, Nanetta in Falstaff, Oscar in Ballo in Maschera, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, later becoming a noted Die Königin der Nacht in the Opera Australia production, designed by Julie Tamar and Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto. Current roles include Pamina, Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) Gilda, Musetta, Lucia, Massenet’s Manon and Thaïs.
Milica Ilic has sung with Opera Australia, Xian Symphony Orchestra, Teatro Communale Luciano Pavarotti Modena, Opera Queensland, Teatro Sociale Trento, West Australian Opera, Aalto Theatre, Essen, Teatro Verdi Trieste, Brisbane Festival, Opera de Tenerife, Macau Music Festival, Gala Concerts in Milan for Amici Della Scala, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Sarzana Music Festival, Adelaide Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Beijing Music Festival, and worked with conductors such as Evelino Pido, Yu Long, Ivan Aadland, Dane Lam, Marco Zuccarini, Nicholas Braithwaite, Johannes Fritzsch, Muhai Tang, Nicholas Carter, Aldo Sisillo, Luca Schieppati, Jacques Lacombe and Daniel Carter.
As concert soloist with major orchestras Milica Ilic has been fêted for her performances in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Faure’s Requiem, Rossini’s Le Petite Messe Solennelle, Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mahler’s Symphony No.4, and extracts and arias from operas for gala events, including the roles of Doretta, Lauretta, Liu, Musetta, Lakme, Ophelia, Zaide, Constanze, Titania, Leila, Manon, et al.
In recent seasons Milica has given concert tours in Italy and Switzerland and starred in a new production of La Traviata for Opera De Tenerife and performances as Cunegonda in Bernstein’s Candide for audiences in Xian, China.
Milica Ilic has recorded for ABC Classics and Classical Film & Sound. A recital programme of Russian and French songs is planned for future release.
…one of the most difficult soprano roles in opera, and it takes a magnificent voice to pull off the iconic Queen of the Night aria …Milica Ilic’s coloratura voice…a show-stopper… dancing through the registers to hit the high F’s in her character’s signature tune…
… Milica Ilic …she of the ringing soprano and diminutive frame, as the Queen of the Night…. highly focused rendering of Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen, one of the most challenging arias in opera…was a delight.