MARIJA KUHAR SOSA is one of the most prominent young singer in Croatia, awarded artist, praised the same from the critics and the audience for her voice and outstanding stage presence.
Marija graduated music pedagogy and singing at the Music academy of University of Zagreb in the class of Lidija Horvat Dunjko. During her study, she won several state and international prizes. She was stipendist of CEE Musiktheater and Deutsche bank and the Croatian government as a specially gifted student.
Already during her studies, she appeared in productions of Opernhaus Halle, Theater Romea in Barcelona, and after in Teatro Vittorio Emanuelle - Messina and in National Theatre in Zagreb.
She sung many roles and sung with distinguished conducters as Rafael Payare, Lothar Zagrosek, Ivan Repušić, Vjekoslav Šutej, Marko Letonja, Uros Lajovic, Pavle Dešpalj, Ivo Lipanovic, Nikša Bareza, Antonello Alemandi, Johannes Wildner, Alfonso Scarano, Carlo Paleschi, David Bates, Marc Tardue and Zubin Mehta with whom she sung at the opening of Julian Rachlin festival in Dubrovnik.
She worked with distinguished stage directors as Olivier Tambosi, Arnoud Bernard, Cesare Lievi, Ivo Guerra, Maurizio Garcia Lozano, Janusz Kica, Janusz Sikora, Dora Ruždjak Podlski, Ivan Leo Lemo, Ozren Prohić and Krešimir Dolenčić.
She sung with many orchestras and chamber music ensembles: Croatian baroque orchestra, Zagreb Philharmonic, Dubrovnik symphony orchestra, Croatian radiotelevision orchestra, Zadar chamber orchestra, Belgrade philharmonic, Slovenian philharmonic, Severočeska filharmonie, Zagreb Quartett and Croatian chamber orchestra.
She is a regular guest singer at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb and has a rich concert repertoire from baroque to modern music which she sung on all important concert seasons and festivals in Croatia.
Marija speaks fluently English and Italian and the basic level of German.
From 2006. until 2009. she was stipendist of CEE Musiktheater and Deutsche bank. She is studying singing with KS Olivera Miljaković and Silvia dalla Benetta.
Three special prizes at the International singing competition in Passau (DE) and a Studienauftrag at opera house Halle (DE)
2nd prize at Croatian national singing competition in Dubrovnik.
1st prize at the Croatian chamber music competition in Varaždin and Zadar.
1st prize and Special prize of opera house Split (CRO), at the First Croatian Vero Vision opera competition and award from Croatian National Theatre - Zagreb.
Special prize at International music competition for young musicians under age 26, in Samobor (CRO).
Rector's prize of University of Zagreb for the performance of Mozart's Requiem.
Croatian drama society prize for the best young opera singer in year 2007.
For the role of Nanetta she was awarded with Mariana Radev prize of the Croatian national theatre in Zagreb for the best opera part in Croatia in year 2009.
Zagreb Philharmonic awarded her as The best young musician in Croatia in 2010.