Marija Jelić, soprano was born in 1993 in Belgrade. In 2017, she auditioned for the Opera studio at the Belgrade National Theater, where she began to sing smaller and medium parts, and main roles in opera productions. She played Micaëla (Carmen) and Binički’s Stanka (At Dawn) at the Belgrade National Theatre, and Mimi (La Bohème), Aida (Aida) and Tosca (Tosca) at the Serbian National Theater in Novi Sad.
She performed at numerous concerts in China with the Saint Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, in Russia, Azerbaijan, Argentina, Italy, Latvia, Estonia, Germany, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Croatia and Slovenia.
At the Ljubljana Festival in 2021, she participated in a concert performance of Carmen with Elīna Garanča and Jonathan Tetelman and Karl Mark Chichon as the conductor, in Ohrid at the Gala concert on the opening of the 60th Ohrid Summer Festival, in Belgrade with Placido Domingo and the Symphony Orchestra of the Serbian Radio and Television in 2021, in Croatia with José Cura and at Plovdiv festival in Beethoven’s Symphony No.9. She also performed with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and maestro Sébastien Rouland and sang the role of Mimi in La Bohème at the Jerusalem Opera Festival. She played the same role in Estonia at the Narva Opera Festival. In Latvia, she sang with the Riga National Opera Orchestra at the Sigulda Opera Festival and the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra.
In 2021, Marija held a solo concert at Carnegie Hall with pianist Anthony Manoli, and in 2022, she performed at Ohrid Summer Festival with Britten’s Illumination cycle.