"Slovenian soprano, Jerica Steklasa, possesses a glorious voice and the ability to act her role with such conviction and sincerity that the audience is quickly drawn into the story."
~Canberra Critics Circle
B i o g r a p h y
Praised for her warm, beautiful voice and incredibly strong stage presence, the young Slovenian soprano, Jerica Steklasa, is often called the favourite of the audience.
Jerica Steklasa was born in 1992 in Ljubljana and has been surrounded by music from an early age. Her music education started at the age of six with violin and piano lessons. Steklasa began to take singing lessons at the age of 13, which she continued to pursue at the Conservatory of Music and Ballet in Ljubljana. At her young teenage years, she was awarded with “Škerjančeva Honorary Award” for her artistic endeavours. In 2011, she joined the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts under the tuition of Claudia Visca, later also the Master Lied&Oratorio programme with Charles Spencer.
The concerts and opera performances have led her around the world stages, such as in Austria (Wiener Musikverein, Konzerthaus, ORF Radio Kulturhaus, Theater an der Wien), Germany (Pierre Boulez Saal, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Stadthalle Bayreuth), the Netherlands (Dutch National Opera & Ballet), Switzerland, Bulgaria, Japan, Australia and USA.
In 2017, she was invited to sing at the world-renowned New Year's ball HOFBURG Silvesterball in Vienna, so she was a soloist at this prestigious event on December 31.
Following her invitation to Australia, Steklasa made her opera debut in 2013 in Sydney, Australia as Pamina in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, followed by her debuts in Vienna as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte and Adele in Die Fledermaus.
In 2016, she made her debut at the Stadttheater Baden in the leading soprano role of Marie in the operetta Der Carneval in Rom by Johann Strauss.
As winner of the “International singing competition Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg” she sang at the Summer Festival 2018 the role of Ännchen in Weber's Der Freischütz and in 2019 the role of Silvia in Haydn's L'Isola Disabitata at the Easter Festival of Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg.
In 2019, Steklasa joined the Mediterranean Opera Studio and Festival in Sicily, where she debuted in the role of Lisette in Puccini's La Rondine and in the role of Zerlina in Mozart's Don Giovanni.
As a scholarship holder of Internationale Opernwerkstatt Waiblingen 2019 and a fellow at Lied Academy 2020 - Heidelberger Frühling, the soprano, Jerica Steklasa, has had the opportunity to work with Thomas Hampson.
Among others, she has participated at Masterclasses and has worked with Cheryl Studer, Roberta Alexander, Silvana Bazzoni-Bartoli, Dunja Vejzović, Anne Sofie von Otter, Siegfried Jerusalem, Nelly Miricioiu, Silvia Saavedra-Edelmann, Tanja Baumgartner, Melanie Diener, Jack LiVigni.
Steklasa is a laureate of many singing competitions, like Hilde Zadek in Vienna, Osaka Competition in Japan, Kammeroper Schloß Rheinsberg in Germany, Kaleidoscope in Los Angeles and was a soloist with many orchestras, such as the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker (under the baton of the conductor Dan Ettinger).