Kristina Kolar is a leading Croatian soprano of the younger generation. She studied singing with the soprano Ljiljana Molnar Talajić, and graduated at the Music Academy in Zagreb in the class of Professor Zdenka Žabčić Hesky. She then continued to excel her technique at master classes in Milan (Accademia Lirica del Rotary International), Ukraine (Nelli Manuilenko), and with Alessandro Svab. In 1997 she joined the ensemble of the opera house in Rijeka. In 2010 she won the prestigious award for professional opera singers, "Milka Trnina", for the best performance for the role of Santuzza. She is guest of all major opera houses in Croatia (Croatian National Theatres in Zagreb, Rijeka, and Split), as well as abroad. Her repertoire includes: Aida, Macbeth (LadyMacbeth), Nabucco (Abigaille), Norma, Cavalleria rusticana (Santuzza), Tosca, Manon Lescaut, Andrea Chénier (Maddalena).
During the season 18/19 she was Abigaille in Nabucco at Teatro Verdi in Trieste, at Prague National Theatre; Lady Macbeth in Macbeth in Poznan; Aida in Magdeburg and Pula; Toscain Rijeka.
2019/20: debut as Turandot for the opening of the season at Teatro Verdi in Trieste; Tosca in Rijeka; Macbeth in Poznan; Nabucco at National Theatre in Prague.
Among her recent engagements are: Aida in Pula; Aida, Norma, Tosca, Andrea Chénier and Macbeth in Rijeka; Nabucco in Prague; Aida in Magdeburg; Manon Lescaut and Tosca in Zagreb; Macbeth and Aida in Poznan; Aida in Japan; Aida in Maribor; Macbeth, Nabucco and Don Giovanni in Ljubljana.
She is also active as a concert singer, she has performed soprano parts in Mozart’s and Verdi’s Requiem, Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Stabat Mater by Pergolesi, Rossini, and Dvořák, Beethoven’s Mass in C major, Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, Haydn’s Requiem in C minor. In 2013, she also performed at the Shenzhen Concert Hall with Shenzhen Philharmonics for UNESCO.