Nela Saric, a former student in the IUP Department of Music, recently competed as a finalist in the 36th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, held in Moscow.
Nela Saric attended IUP as an exchange student after meeting IUP faculty Dr. Mary Logan Hastings and Dr. Stanley Chepaitis during a faculty exchange at the Zagreb Academy of Music in Croatia. Saric studied voice with Dr. Hastings and composition with Dr. Chepaitis at IUP in fall 2009.
Qualifying rounds for the 2017 Hans Gabor Singing Competition were held in 70 cities worldwide. Finalists were judged by artistic directors from many of the world's greatest opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera (New York), Royal Opera House (London), Teatro alla Scala (Milan), Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona), Cape Town Opera, and Deutsche Oper (Berlin). Saric was one of 15 finalists who competed in Moscow.