Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle as a "virtuso...of technical prowess and expressive transparency. Deploying her bright-edged and vibrant tone with utmost mastery ", Jasmina Halimic began her 2012/2013 season singing the critically acclaimed portrayal of Marguerite in Faust with Opera San José and a triumphant debut with Charleston Symphony as the soprano soloist in Verdi's Requiem.
She recently premiered the title role of Anna Karenina by David Carlson in the West Coast to great acclaim. Ms. Halimic was the second person ever to perform Anna Karenina under Stewart Robertson's direction and her portrayal was hailed in the San Francisco Chronicle as “first rate - visual and vocal delight.”
Other recent performances include the famously difficult role Elettra in Idomeneo with the Packard Humanities Institute, praised by the Opera Magazine (UK) as "arrestingly sung and vividly acted.", followed by Nedda in I pagliacci, Mimì in La bohème with Opera San José, a debut with the Missoula Symphony performing highlights from Suor Angelica and the "Inneggiamo" scene from Cavalleria Rusticana, Magda in La rondine with Opera San José, Countess in Le nozze di Figaro in her European debut with the Intermezzo Foundation (Belgium), Mimì in La bohème with the Amore Opera, Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow with the Brevard Festival and Tatyana in Eugene Onegin with the Indiana University Opera Theater. Further operatic credits include roles that she covered and performed as a student: Desdemona in Otello, Violetta in La traviata, Nedda in I pagliacci, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Musetta in La bohème, Micaela in Carmen, Valencienne in The Merry Widow and First Lady in The Magic Flute.
Active recitalist, Ms. Halimic, has recently performed a US premiere of Dejan Despic's cycle The Song Book of Dubrovnik with pianist Djordje Nesic at the Bohemian National Hall in New York City. They will reprise Despic's song cycle in a Slavic Songs Recital in New York City this year.
Ms. Halimic was a finalist and an award winner in such competitions as the Liederkranz Competition, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Palm Beach Opera Competition, Belvedere Competition, Irene Dalis Competition, Queens Opera Competition, Bel Canto Competition, Indiana University Travel Grant Competition, among others. She was one of the youngest two-term stipend recipients from the Tuesday Musical Club.
Equally at home on the concert stage, Ms. Halimic has performed the soprano solo in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and has made numerous appearances in recitals and gala concerts throughout the Bay Area. Ms. Halimic has been a featured soloist with the Pittsburgh Concert Society / Tuesday Musical Club, Opera San José, Queens Opera, Opera Tampa, among others. In 2004 Ms. Halimic was chosen to perform in a concert for the World Gourmet Summit at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Since 2006, Jasmina Halimic has been student of the world renowned voice teacher Trish McCaffrey. She trained extensively in the bel-canto tradition under noted masters Virginia Zeani and Ubaldo Gardini. Ms. Halimic completed her graduate studies at Indiana University where she participated in master classes with Nico Castel, Carol Vaness, Regina Resnik and Sherrill Milnes.
She received her bachelor's degree in music and Italian language from Duquesne University.
Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina and now a citizen of the United States, Ms. Halimic moved with her family to Pittsburgh as a teenager.