Aneta Ilić is one of Serbia’s leading vocal artists. She was born in Frankfurt on the Main and studied solo singing at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, in the class of Prof. Biserka Cvejić and later Prof. Irina Arsikin (graduate studies). As a concert singer she performs regularly in Serbia and abroad. Particularly noteworthy are her concerts in Italy, the Netherlands (Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam), Germany, France, Sweden, Poland, Greece, Romania, Slovenia, and Croatia, and at festivals such as the BEMUS, NOMUS, BELEF, Contro canto (Rome), the Zagreb Biennale, and the International Review of Composers. She often performs as a soloist with symphony and chamber orchestras, including the Belgrade Philharmonic, the RTS Symphony Orchestra, the ensemble of soloists of the Munich Philharmonic, Belgrade’s Dušan Skovran String Orchestra, and the St. George Strings. She has collaborated with distinguished conductors such as Leopold Hager, David Porcelijn, Uroš Lajovic, Vladimir Kranjčević, Bojan Suđić, Darinka Matić-Marović, and Ivo Lipanović. As an orchestra soloist she has performed many vocal-instrumental pieces from Baroque to contemporary music (Vivaldi, Bach, Pergolesi, Haydn, Mozart, Gounod, Mahler, Fauré, Honegger, Stravinsky, Poulenc, Britten, Radić, Žebeljan). However, the basis of Aneta Ilić’s concert activity consists of singing recitals with piano, with pianists such as Dejan Sinadinović, Vladimir Stojnić, and Lidija Stanković. Her recital programs consist of the most representative works of Baroque, Romantic, Impressionist, and 20th century music. A special feature of Aneta Ilić’s artistic activity is the presentation of the works of Serbian music. While still a student, she began her collaboration with Isidora Žebeljan and premiered several of her compositions (including her Rukoveti cycle). Later, this interest also extended to the music of other Serbian composers, particularly the vocal works of Ljubica Marić, Stevan Hristić, Miloje Milojević, Dejan Despić, Dušan Radić and Vlastimir Trajković.
Aneta Ilić is a member of a prominent chamber ensemble called the Donne di Belgrado, with which she also performs regularly at home and abroad and with which she premiered a large number of works by Serbian composers written for this ensemble.
Aneta Ilić’s career as an opera singer includes outstanding performances in opera productions in Sweden (the Ulriksdals slottsteatar Confidancen near Stockholm), Slovenia, and Serbia (the Belgrade Opera, the Opera and Theater Madlenianum, BEMUS). Her opera repertoire includes roles in operas by Baroque and pre-classical composers (Pergolesi, Gluck), and Mozart, as well as 20th century composers (Orff, Nyman, Jevtić). At the premiere performance of the opera Narcis i Eho by Anja Djordjević (BEMUS, 2002), she sang the role of the nymph. Also notable were her roles as Despina in Mozart’s opera Cosi fan tutte (Madlenianum), Susanna in the Marriage of Figaro, the role of Eurydice in Gluck’s opera Orfeo ed Euridice (BEMUS, 2005), and the role of Mrs. P. in Michael Nyman’s opera The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (New Moment Ideas Campus, Slovenia, BITEF, 2001). In the summer of 2012, she sang the role of Padme in the world premiere of the new opera by Isidora Žebeljan Two Heads and a Girl at the Settimana Musicale Senese Festival in Siena, Italy.
Aneta Ilić has made many recordings for Serbian Radio-Television, for the Dutch State Radio, and some of her recordings have been released on compact discs produced by PGP RTS. In 2011, she recorded a CD with the music of Isidora Žebeljan with the renowned Brodsky Quartet. She is the recipient of the UMUS award for best concert in the 2005 season and the City of Belgrade award for creative work in music and opera for 2010.
Aneta Ilić is a full-time professor at the Department of Solo Singing at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade.