Mezzo-Soprano Irena Parlov has been hailed as a “voice, equally powerful and well vibrated, with piercing high notes and a warm tone”. The past couple seasons have seen several major role and house debuts including Amneris (Aida) in Split Summer Festival/ Croatian National Theater in Split, Carmen in Croatian National Theater in Zagreb, Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera) at National Moravian-Silesian Theater, Dalila (Samson et Dalila) at Croatian National Theater in Osijek, Maddalena (Rigoletto) at Slovenian National Opera in Ljubljana and Croatian National Theater in Split, and Romeo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi) at Slovenian National Opera in Ljubljana. Upcoming performances include Nastassja (In Verlobung im Traum) by Hans Krasa at National Moravian-Silesian Theater and Mahler’s 3rd Symphony with Erfurt Opera. She will also be reprising Carmen, Ulrica, Azucena, and Dalila in ongoing productions.
In the 2018-2019 season, Irena Parlov made her debut as Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Slovenian National Opera and Ballet Ljubljana. She also appeared as Carmen in her third production of this opera premiered by Croatian National Theater in Osijek. At the Croatian National Theater in Split she appeared in the role of Azucena (Il trovatore). She made her role debut of Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) at the Slovenian National Theatre in Ljubljana. Irena Parlov made her debut as Klotilde in the Croatian opera Porin written by the Croatian composer, Vatroslav Lisinski at Vatroslav Lisinski Hall where the production won the famous Croatian award, Porin, for the best Classical Music album of the year.
Other recent engagements include: Carmen at the Slovenian National Opera and Ballet Ljubljana and Auditorio de Zaragoza in Spain, Azucena (Il Trovatore) at the Slovenian National Theater in Maribor, Croatian National Theatre in Osijek, Croatian National Theater in Split, Varvara (Katja Kabanova) at the Slovenian National Opera and Ballet Ljubljana and in Opera de Rennes, France, Adalgisa (Norma) at the Croatian National Theatre in Osijek, Emilia (Otello) at the Slovenian National Opera and Ballet Ljubljana, Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus) at the Croatian National Theatre in Split, Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) at the National Opera in Brno (Czech Republic), Armando di Gondi (Maria di Rohan) at the National Opera in Brno, Lola and Mamma Lucia (Cavalleria Rusticana) at the Croatian National Theatre in Split, Doma (Ero the Joker) Croatian National Opera at the Croatian National Theatre in Osijek and the Croatian National Theatre in Split.
Among her recent concert performances are: Opera Gala in Slovenian opera and ballet Ljubljana under the baton of Simon Krečić, Opening of Ljubljana festival with Slovenian Philharmonic under the baton of Mo. Josep Vicent in production with the famous La Fura dels Baus with Prokofiev’s cantata Alexander Nevski; Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at the National Theater in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Mozart’s Requiem with Croatian National theater in Osijek and at the Spring festival in Mostar-Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has performed a concert version of the opera Didona and Enej at the festival of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, a concert performance of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana (Mamma Lucia) at the Croatian National Theater in Split with Mo. Loris Voltolini, and Bach’s Magnificat at the music Festival Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
She has collaborated with renowed conductors such as: Mo. Ivan Repušić, Mo.Ondrej Olos, Mo. Jaroslav Kyzlink, Mo. Loris Voltolini. Mo. Jakub Klecker, Mo. Ivo Lipanović, Mo. Robert Kružik, Mo. Marek Šedivý, Mo. Adam Sedlický. Stage directors she has worked with include: Carlus Padrissa, Frank Van Laecke, Manfred Schweigkofler, Pamela Howard, Krešimir Dolenčić.
Irena Parlov finished her music and vocal studies at the Croatian Music Academy in Split. After graduation she finished her master’s degree in vocal performance at the Croatian Music Academy in Zagreb. Right after her studies she made her debut as Adalgisa in Norma at the Croatian National theatre in Osijek.