A native of Zagreb, Croatia, Ljubomir Puškaric made his operatic debut in 2007 at the Croatian National Theater as Figaro in Rossini’s Barber of Seville. He has since performed Silvano in Verdi’s Ballo in Maschera, Silvio in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Thierry and Le Geôlier in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites, Morales in Bizet’s Carmen, Marco in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, and Echo and Apollo in Monteverdi’s Orfeo. Puškaric recently received his Performer Diploma from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. He made his Cleveland Orchestra debut in May with Orff’s Carmina Burana and sang Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast at Cleveland’s May Festival. Puškaric, the second place winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions’ Central Region, has performed with the Croatian National Theater Choir, Croatian Radio Television Choir, and the Chorale of the Zagreb Cathedral. As a young artist with the Cincinnati Opera Summer Festival, he performed First Prisoner in Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar and Morales.