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Career

​Dubravka Zubovic was born in Zagreb, Croatia. Within a short period of time, Dinko Fio, the chorus conductor at the Croatian National Radio/TV, discovered her as a young prodigy, so she began her voice studies at the early age of 14.

After graduating from Zagreb Academy of Music with a B.A. degree (Vladimir Ruzdjak, a renowned baritone, was her voice teacher), Dubravka became a leading mezzo-soprano of Belgrade Opera, Serbia (former Yugoslavia).

In 1977 Ms. Zubovic graduated with an M.A. degree in Music from Belgrade University, in the class of Anita Mezetova. After that, Dubravka studied at Teatro alla Scala di Milano (Centro di Perfezionamento), one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world, with Gina Cigna and Ettore Campogalliani (voice teacher of Pavarotti, Mirella Freni), Mo Beltrami and Mo Pastorino.

During her carrer, Dubravka's long time mentor was a distinguished soprano Zinka Milanov.

​Ms. Zubovic is a recipient of many prestigious awards from singing competitions: bronze medal at the International Singing Competition in Geneva, “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” award (Rosina) at the singing competition  “Francisco Viñas” in Barcelona, Duet Award in Oostende, Vienna, Rio de Janeiro, Hilversum, etc.
During her illustrious 25 year career, Ms. Zubovic performed all over the world, including the USA, Europe Australia, and Latin America: from Carnegie Hall, New York; Melbourne, Australia; Paris, France, to Belgrade, Serbia. Her repertoire includes opera, Lied, and oratorio. Ms. Zubovic has performed the operatic roles of  Carmen, Rosina, Adalgisa, Amneris, Dalila, Preziosilla, Azucena and many others.
In 1987 Ms. Zubovic made her debut at Carnegie Hall, in New York City, and has sung with the Pacific Opera at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.
 
Since 1991 Ms. Zubovic has been living in Orange County, California. She is an adjunct Professor of Voice and language coach at the Saddleback College Music Department.
In 2012 Ms. Zubovic founded a nonprofit public benefit corporation Orange County Ars Vocalis Academy (OCAVA), which has held its inaugural Summer Program for singers in Rome, Italy, in 2013. For additional information about this program, please visit www.OCAVA.org.
Dubravka Zubovic is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and MTAC (Music Teachers' Association of California).