Serbian born mezzo-soprano Martina Govednik has been a regular with Vancouver Opera chorus and other local ensembles since moving to Vancouver in 2015. She interpreted the role of Mercedes in Opera Kelowna’s 2018 production of Bizet’s Carmen, created the role of Griselda in East Van Opera’s 2017 production of Alma by Allison Cociani and appeared as a soloist with Nu:BC Collective (Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder), Vancouver Chamber Choir (Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater), West End Chamber Choir (Bach’s Magnificat) and Cyrilika Slavic Choir.
Govednik first studied piano at the University of Belgrade (Serbia), then moved to Montreal to obtain a Master’s degree in classical voice at the McGill Schulich School of Music. She has since interpreted the title roles of Bizet’s Carmen (L’Académie de la Roche d’Hyse, France) and Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires (Ponticello ensemble, Ottawa), Métella in Offenbach’s La vie parisienne (SALR, Quebec) as well as Zita in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and The Old Lady in Bernstein’s Candide (McGill); solos include alto in Mahler’s Das Klagende Lied (McGill) and Des Knaben Wunderhorn (AIMS, Austria), Dvořák’s Requiem (McGill), Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle (Joliette, Québec), Berg’s Altenberglieder and Berio’s Folksongs (McGill), as well as the Canadian premiere of Palmeri’s Misa Tango (Viva Voce, Montréal). Govednik is also dedicated to reviving Serbian traditional music though her own classical arrangements for voice and piano and regularly performs in recital.