“The Croatian countertenor Franko Klisović deserves an eminent award – an impressive, sonorous, color-pleasing voice with a certain technique; a promising talent.”



„Franko Klisović could tackle Arsace from Semiramide with absolute technical certainty and expressive vigor. It was, in our circumstances, a unique lesson in how Rossini's coloraturas and trills should be sung. They were precise, sparkling, unoiled, in one breath. Whether they were in the height, in the middle, or in the contralto depth. It was a perfect performance, an exemplary demonstration of an extremely demanding aria from one of Gioachino Rossini's most perfect operas.“


“A special place in the hearts of the audience was occupied by the servant Smeton, embodied by countertenor Franko Klisović. From acting, stage play, presence and vocal preparation to technical capabilities and performance, Klisović was excellent and actually flawless. This was confirmed by the audience with thunderous and long-lasting applause on the open stage after the aria.




       ABOUT / BIO

Franko Klisović is born in Šibenik, where he finished his elementary and higher musical education. Whilst living in his home town he also worked as an organist at the cathedral of St. James in Šibenik. After graduating from high school he enrolls to study conducting at the Music Academy in Zagreb, where he is currently in his final year of studies in the class of mo. Tomislav Fačini. At the end of 2015 he starts his vocal studies and after only 3 months gets an engagement in an opera. Not long after that, alongside his conducting studies, he enrolls to study singing at the Music Academy in Zagreb in the class of prof. Martina Gojčeta – Silić. His countertenor is described by critics as a beautiful, bronze-colored voice, round, pasty and carrying, and him as a singer with stunning voice control, expressive, above all musical with a stage presence and appearance that win both critics and the audience alike. And although we are talking about a young singer, behind him there is already a considerable series of realized and won roles in Croatia and abroad.

Professional debuts: OttoneAgrippina, G. F. Händel, Croatian National Theater in Zagreb (2016); The SpiritDido and Aeneas, H. Purcell, CNT Ivana pl. Zajca in Rijeka (2017); The Sorceress Dido and Aeneas, Korkyra baroque festival (2017); AeneasDido and Aeneas, Festival Musica Appassionata (2017); Angelo di GiustiziaLa caduta di Adamo, B. Galuppi, HRBA (2018) ConductorCosi fan tutte, W. A. ​​Mozart (2018) in CH Blagoj Bersa; ConductorStribor`s Forest, Ivan Končić (2019) in CT Komedija; Alto soloMarkus Passion, J.S. Bach (2020) in CH Blagoj Bersa; ConductorCendrillon, J. Massenet (2020 and 2021) in CH Blagoj Bersa; DisingannoIl trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, G. F. Händel, HRBA (2020); NirenoGiulio Cesare in Egitto, G. F. Händel, CNT Ivana pl. Zajc in Rijeka (2020/2021) and at the Savonlinna Opera Festival FI (2022); FarnaceMitridate, rè di Ponto, W. A. ​​Mozart, Teatro Olimpico di Vicenza (2021); SoloistChichester Psalms, L. Bernstein (2022) in Concert hall Vatroslav Lisinski; MarsLa concordia de Pianeti, A. Caldara, Besední dům in Brno, Spanish hall in Prague, Znojmo Music Festival (2023); UlisseAchille in Sciro, F. Corselli, Tetaro Real in Madrid (2023), OttoneL´incoronazione di Poppea, C. Monteverdi, Oper Wuppertal (2023); SmetonAnna Bolena, G. Donizetti, HNK Ivana pl. Zajc in Rijeka (2023); Hamor - Jephta, G. F. Händel, Theater Heidelberg (2023); SadrachNebucadnezar, R. Keiser, Rokokotheater Schwetzingen (2023); Roma, Madre, ReligioneIl Sant'Alessio, S. Landi, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg (2023).

In the continuation of the 2023/24 season. he also performs as Apollo in Death in Venice (B. Britten) and as Meisterlich in the world premiere of the opera Zusammenstoß (L. Vollmer) in Theater Heidelberg, as a soloist with the Czech Baroque Ensemble (Händel: Te Deum) in Brno and Prague and as Arcane in the opera Teseo (G. F. Händel) in Wrocław and Halle with the Wrocław Baroque Ensemble.

As a soloist, he has performed with renowned ensembles such as the Qatar Philharmonic in Doha, Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra, Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra, Dortmund Philharmonic, Czech Baroque Ensemble, Croatian Baroque Ensemble, Croatian Radiotelevison Choir and Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Croatian National Theatre Ivana pl. Zajca in Rijeka and the vocal ensemble Antiphonus.

In addition to being a soloist in opera, he often performs as an oratorio and concert singer. Some of the previous engagements include: Dixit Dominus and La caduta di Adamo – B. Galuppi; Vespro della Beata Vergine – C. Monteverdi; Messiah, Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, Israel in Egypt, Jephta – G. F. Händel; Te Deum, Messe à 8 voix – M. A. Charpentier; Stabat Mater – G. B. Pergolesi; Gloria and Stabat Mater – A. Vivladi; Johannes Passion, Markus Passion, Matthäus Passion, Magnificat – J.S. Bach; Te Deum – A. Bruckner; Carmina Burana – C. Orff; Rejoice the Lamb – B. Britten; Chichester Psalms – L. Bernstein.

Awards: 3rd prize and audience prize at the Premiere Opera Foundation international singing competition (NY, USA, 2020); 1st prize (the role of Farnace in the opera Mitridate, re di Ponto) at the Tullio SerafinInternational Competition (Vicenza, IT, 2021); 2nd prize at the 27th singing competition Riccardo Zandonai (Riva del Garda, IT, 2021); 2nd prize and prize for the most beautifully performed song Ružičky at the 24th Mikluaš Schneider – Trnavsky International Singing Competition (Trnava, SK, 2021); 2nd prize in the opera lyric section and 1st prize in the musica sacra section at the 4th international singing competition San Colombano (Piacenza, IT, 2021), one of the winners of the international singing competition Aria Borealis (Bodø, NO, 2022), the winner in the Mahler songs section at the international singing competition Gabriela Beñačková (Jhilava, CZ, 2022), was a finalist at the international singing competition Hans Gabor Belvedere (Dortmund, D, 2023); he is the winner of the annual prize for young singers awarded by Croatian soprano Mirjana Bohanec Vidović (Zagreb, HR, 2023); 3rd prize at the international singing competition Città di Bologna and the role of Siebel in C. Gounod's Faust, at the Stara Zagora Opera in Bulgaria (Bologna, IT, 2023).

He collaborated with renowned artists such as: mo. Tomislav Fačini, mo. Mladen Tarbuk, mo. Ivan Josip Skender, mo. Zoran Juranić, mo. Marc Korovich, mo. Ville Matvejeff, mo. Laurence Cummings, mo. Aapo Häkkinen, mo. Luca Oberti, mo. Albrecht Hansjörg, mo. Hervè Niquet, mo. Philipp von Steinaecker, mo. Richard Rosemberg, mo. Matthew Toogood, mo. Roman Válek, mo. Dietger Holm, mo. Dorothee Oberlinger, mo. Ivor Bolton, mo. Motonori Kobayashi, mo. Christian Kabitz, mo. Antonius Adamske, dir. Dora Ruždjak Podolski, dir. Marin Blažević, dir. Mirva Koivukangas, dir. Natale de Carolis, dir. Victoria Bomann – Larsen, dir. Immo Karaman, dir. Tomáš Ondřej Pilař, dir. Magdalena Fuchsberger, dir. Christian Brey.