Bass singer Saša Čano is a distinguished opera soloist of the SNG Opera in balet Ljubljana (Slovenian National Theatre Opera and Ballet Ljubljana. He was born in Slavonski Brod (Croatia). He made his debut as Zuniga (Carmen) in the National Opera Theatre in Sarajevo when still studying solo singing at the Academy of Music in Sarajevo under Prof. Blanka Kurpjel Danon. He graduated in 1991 under supervision of Prof. Borislav Aleksandrov and became a soloist in the Opera HNK (Croatian National Theatre) in Osijek a year later.
Since 1995 he has been a permanent member of the opera ensemble of the Ljubljana Opera, where he has since appeared in the following roles: Cortes (The Return of Cortes), Rocco (Fidelio), Innkeeper and Štrukelj (The Nightingale of Gorenjska), Collin (La bohème), Doctor (Pelléas and Mélisande), Marcel (Les Huguenots), Tom (A Masked Ball), the bass role in Trionfo di Afrodite, Kecal (The Bartered Bride), Frano (Equinox), Geronimo (The Secret Marriage), Bartolo (The Marriage of Figaro), Bonzo (Madama Butterfly), Ivan Susanin and Commander of the Polish Detachment (A life for the Tsar), Zaccaria (Nabucco), The Water Goblin (Rusalka), Don Pasquale (Don Pasquale), Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Ferrando (Il trovatore), Zaretsky (Eugene Onegin), Marcus Brutus (Cleopatra), Wagner (Faust), Count Walter (Luisa Miller), Grenvil (La traviata), Oroveso (Norma), The King of Egypt and Ramfis (Aida), Ottavio (The Inquisitive Women), A Sacristan (Tosca), King René (Iolanta), Gottfried (The Rhine Nixies), Mathieu (Andrea Chénier), King of Clubs and Cook (The Love for Three Oranges), Sancho (Don Quixote), Abimélech (Samson and Delilah), Konchak (Prince Igor), Geronte de Ravoir (Manon Lescaut), Norton (The Marriage Proposal), King (Shepherd), The Water Goblin (The Bartered Bride), Signor Cristoforo (Black Masks), Daland (The Flying Dutchman), Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Samuel (A Masked Ball), Bartolo (The Barber of Seville), Lodovico (Otello), Savel Prokofjevič Dikoj (Kat'a Kabanova), Don Magnifico (La Cenerentola), Rocco (Fidelio) and Leporello (Don Giovanni).
He was also a guest singer in a number of opera productions and various concert performances in Rijeka, Zagreb, Osijek, Split, Pula, Varaždin (Croatia), Neuheim (Switzerland), as well as in Pécs and Baja (Hungary). He has performed with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra (Fidelio), RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra (Verdi's Requiem) and Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra (The Duma Symphony), as well as appeared in the first performance of the Škofja Loka Passion Play, and Rossini's and Dvořák's versions of Stabat Mater. In May 2008, he sang the role of Leporello (Don Giovanni) in Novi Sad (Serbia), and in November same year he performed at the London's Cadogan Hall, where he sang the role of Balthazar in the concert performance of the opera La favorita. In June 2010, he appeared as a guest performer at the Longborough Opera Festival in Great Britain as Il Commendatore in Mozart's opera Don Giovanni, and in 2011 he returned to the same festival again to sing the roles of Vodnik (Rusalka) and Don Alfonso (Cosí fan tutte). In May 2011, he held a solo recital at the Ars Organi Sisciae Festival in Sisak (Croatia).
Last updated in January 2018