- Fatima Hadžić
(b Sarajevo, Bosnia, March 4, 1904; d Belgrade, Serbia, Oct 24, 1993). Bosnian soprano. Born in a rich and highly educated Muslim family, daughter of the renowned writer Osman Nuri-Hadžić, she began her music education in her native Sarajevo, where she attended piano lessons at the private music school Glasbena škola F. Matějovský. After her family moved to Belgrade in 1921, she continued her music education at the music school there, where her outstanding vocal talent was spotted by an experienced singing teacher, Ivanka Milojević. On Milojević’s advice, she went to Vienna to study singing. In 1928, she graduated from the Academy of Music in Vienna in the class of T. Lierhammer. From 1928 to 1931 she performed as soloist of the Stadttheater in Bern, where she sang at 23 premières and reprises, including the role that made her famous, Salome, in the opera by Richard Strauss. At the encouragement of the Serbian composer Stevan Hristić, she returned to Belgrade in ...