Leon Košavić – Baritone


Wed, 1. Apr. 2020 - 8:00 pm,
Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin Dahlem
Lieder Recital

Leon Košavić – Bariton
Amir Katz – Piano


 “Swan Song” D. 957


What is your idea of perfect happiness?  To be everything you want to be.

If you could time travel, where (rather “when”) would you like to go? I would go to the 1960s or 1970s. I just think it must have been a nice time to live in. For sure more optimistic than today.

What is your definition of love? Love is everything and nothing; it can lift you up to the highest peak and throw you down into the deepest abyss.

What have been the greatest challenges for you? The greatest challenge for me was choosing my profession.

Name a poet, author, painter and composer that you especially like. Pablo Neruda, J. R. R. Tolkien, A. Dürer, W. A. Mozart

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

Which composer or artist of the past would you like to invite for dinner? Mozart or Bach – their music gives me the impression they were really fun and forward-thinking personalities.

What is your most treasured possession? My conscience.

What piece changed your life? Music in general let me look at life in a different way – it didn’t really change it, it just gave me a wider perspective.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? I do not understand the question really. There is no lowest low in anything.

Who are your heroes in real life? Ordinary, everyday people.

What is your motto? Everything is possible.


The young Croatian baritone Leon Kosavic began his vocal training at the age of 12. He completed his master’s degree at the Music Academy in Zagreb in the singing class of Giorgio Surian. He is a member of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel program under the direction of José van Dam.

In 2011 he began his musical career as Papageno at the Croatian National Opera, where he sang Masetto and Moralès and Malatesta in the following years.

In 2015 he made his debut at the Finnish National Opera as Malatesta (Don Pasquale). In the same year, Kosavic won the Croatian Theatre Prize for “outstanding performances by young artists under 30” for his sensational performance of Don Giovanni.
This was followed by important prizes for young singers at the Emmerich Smola Förderpreis, the Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition and the Stanislaw Moniuszko Competition.

Since then he has appeared at numerous European opera houses such as the Royal Opera House London (Ping in Turandot), Stuttgart State Opera (Don Giovanni), Liège (Figaro in Nozze di Figaro), Antwerp (La Juive), Lausanne (Masetto in Don Giovanni) and Strasbourg (Figaro in Barbiere di Siviglia).

An intensive concert activity with the conductor Nathalie Stutzmann also took him to the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Liverpool, Sao Paolo, Bergen, Paris and London.
He has already given concerts with the European Union Youth Symphony in the Konzerhaus Berlin and at the Grafenegg Festival and in Bolzano.

Future projects include Masetto at the Royal Opera House London, a new production of „Der Schmied von Gent“ in Antwerp, Così van tutte in Liège and concerts with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and the Liverpool and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestras.