- Aida Islam
(b Veles, Feb 2, 1918; d Skopje, June 2, 2003). Macedonian soprano. Her first singing teachers were Natalija Ilić (1934–9) and Cirila Š. Medvedova (1941) in Belgrade. Of particular importance for her vocal education were Hristo Brmbarov (Sofia, 1942) and especially Adelaide Saraceni in Milan (1952). A dramatic soprano, she was one of the first fully trained opera singers in Macedonia. Up until 1947, her main focus was in the field of music pedagogy. She debuted on stage as Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana (1947), the first opera sung in Macedonian, which afforded her the status of one of the founders of the Macedonian Opera. This performance propelled her successful artistic career as a soloist of the Macedonian Opera (1948–75), and the Opera in Novi Sad (1956–8). On the opera stage she realized 20 significant roles, including: Aida, Leonora, Desdemona, Amelia (Verdi, ...