Serbian soprano Milka Stojanovic has died at the age of 86. Serbian media reported this, citing the National Theater in Belgrade.Milka Stojanovic was born in Belgrade on Jan. 13, 1937. Initially, she had studied literature. She then completed her vocal studies, among others, at the school of La Scala in Milan and with Zinka Milanov in New York.

In her long career from 1960 to 1993, the singer made guest appearances on many of the world’s major opera stages, including New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater, the Vienna State Opera, and in Germany. Her interpretations of the title roles in operas by Giuseppe Verdi were particularly appreciated. Until retiring from the stage in 1993, Stojanovic was engaged at the Belgrade National Theater.

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