Young Slovenian baritone Domen Križaj joined the opera studio OperAvenir at Theater Basel in the autumn 2017 and has since performed Barone Douphol in La Traviata, Pfleger in Elektra, Sam in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti and Albert in Dai Fujikura’s new opera Goldkäfer. Roles in 2018/2019 include Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Grimbald and Cold Genius in Purcell’s King Arthur, Kaiser Overall in Ullmann's Kaiser von Atlantis and Doctor in Pelléas et Mélisande. With the Zomeropera Alden Binsen he sang the title role of Eugene Onegin in 2016. At the Croatian National Theatre in Rijeka he appeared as Albert in Werther. He has performed Papageno in Die Zauberflöte for children in Celje and in the role of Jesus in Christoph Ehrenfellner’s opera Judas with Festival Retz. He is an active concert singer and has sung with orchestras such as Wiener Philharmoniker, Camerata Salzburg, ORF and as a lied singer a.o. Schubert’s Winterreise.
Domen Križaj obtained his Master’s degree from the Academy of Music Ljubljana in 2017 after completing medical studies. He won 1st prize and the Song Prize at the Ada Sari Competition 2017, 1st prize at the Ferruccio Tagliavini Competition, 1st prize at the Petar Konjovic Competition and three times 1st prize at the Competition of young Slovenian musicians (TEMSIG), 2nd prize at the Otto Edelmann Competition, 3rd prize at the Zinka Milanov Competition and was a finalist at the Belvedere Competition 2015. In Salzburg he was a prizewinner of the International Music Academy 2012 and the year after participated in the Young Singers’ project singing Deputati Fiamminghi in Don Carlo and Englischer Hauptmann in Braunfels’ Jeanne D’Arc at the Salzburg Festival. He performed Mengotto in Piccinni’s La Cecchina in a coproduction of the Slovenian Chamber Musical Theatre and the Academy of Music Ljubljana. He was invited to participate in the TV show Junge Opernstars 2016 on the German channel SWR.