Josipa Lisac

Josipa Lisac (pronounced [jɔ̌sipa lǐːsat͡s]; born 14 February 1950) is a prominent Croatian pop-rock singer.

Josipa Lisac
Lisac on 14 February 2009, her 59th birthday.
Lisac on 14 February 2009, her 59th birthday.
Background information
Birth nameJosipa Lisac
Born (1950-02-14) 14 February 1950 (age 70)
Zagreb, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia
OriginZagreb, Croatia
Years active1968–present
Associated actsZlatni akordi, Karlo Metikoš


During the 1960s, Lisac was the vocalist of the group Zlatni Akordi. Her first solo album, Dnevnik jedne ljubavi (The Diary of a Love), recorded in 1973, was a huge success and remains today one of the most legendary albums in Croatia. Journalist and producer Peca Popović noted that The Diary of a Love was also only the fourth rock record and the first female-fronted record released in Yugoslavia.[2]

Gubec-Beg was the first Croatian rock opera where Josipa had the demanding role of Jana. The opera premiered in 1975, and the aria "Ave Maria" was a standout song that Josipa still performs in concert today. The rock opera was created by Karlo Metikoš, Ivica Krajač and Miljenko Prohaska.[1] The show was performed around Yugoslavia, as well as in Budapest, Trieste, Rome, and Saint Petersburg. It was seen by approximately one million people.[3] The same year, she recorded a jazz album in collaboration with Ernie Wilkins, Clark Terry, Albert Mangelsdorff, and Johnny Basso, produced by Boško Petrović and Karlo Metikoš.[1]

During 1987, Josipa Lisac served as a contestant in the preselection competition, Jugovizija, with hopes to represent Yugoslavia in the 1987 Eurovision Song Contest. She sang her hit, Gdje Dunav ljubi nebo (Where Danube Kisses the Sky) and finished in 9th place out of 24.[4] Soon after releasing her album Boginja (Goddess), she became an acclaimed pop artist throughout Yugoslavia.

She had numerous big rock hits, and also sang Bosnian sevdalinka songs (Omer beže), as well as Croatian Christmas songs.

Beside being a top act within the world of Croatian popular music, she was also highly acclaimed in the former Yugoslav rock scene. She is known for her strong voice, which she describes as contralto,[5] as well as her unique sense of fashion.[6]

On 5 March 2015, the 40th anniversary of Gubec-Beg was celebrated. [3]

In 2018, Josipa performed in Belgrade, Skopje, Sarajevo, Podgorica, Krk, Zürich, Varaždin, Munich, Gothenburg, Stockholm, and Zadar, among other venues. [7]

She was in a relationship with the Croatian musician Karlo Metikoš (who also performed under the pseudonym Matt Collins), who she had met in 1971. He died in December 1991. Together they collaborated on 13 LPs.[8]

In February 2020 Josipa performed the Croatian anthem at the inaguration of a president Zoran Milanović.[9] A criminal complaint was submitted against her by attorney Boško Županović for performing and intoning the Croatian national anthem in a derogatory way during the inauguration.[10]


  • Dnevnik jedne ljubavi (1973) (Diary of a Love)
  • Najveći uspjesi '68./ '73. (1974) (Greatest hits 68 - 73)
  • Gubec-Beg (1975, Rock opera by Karlo Metikoš and Ivica Krajač)
  • Josipa Lisac & B.P. Convention Big Band International (1976)
  • Made in USA (1979)
  • Hir, hir, hir (1980) (Whim, Whim, Whim)
  • Lisica (1982) (Vixen)
  • Hoću samo tebe (1983) (I Want only You)
  • Boginja (1987) (Goddess)
  • Balade (1987) (Ballads)
  • Live in Lap (1991)
  • Čestit Božić (1992) (Merry Christmas)
  • Ritam kiše (1993) (Rhythm of the Rain)
  • Koncert u čast Karla Metikoša (1995) (Concert in Honour of Karlo Metikoš)
  • Antologija (Vols. I to VIII) (1997)
  • The Best of (1998)
  • Život (2000) (Life)
  • Live (2000)
  • Live in Concert (2002)
  • Koncert ljubavi u čast Karla Metikoša, DVD(2007) (Concert of Love in Honour of Karlo Metikoš)
  • Živim po svome (2009) (I Live My Way)


  1. ^ a b c "JOSIPA LISAC". Croatia Records. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  2. ^ Mesić, Veronika (13 February 2014). "Josipa Lisac: Gradim sliku žene koja se usudi biti drugačija!". Vox feminae. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b "40 Godina Od Praizvedbe "Gubec Bega"". josipalisac. 5 March 2015. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  4. ^ "1987 – Beograd". Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  5. ^ Siloborčić, Dobroslav (18 December 2015). "JOSIPA LISAC 'Iskreno, nisam ja ljepotica. Ali, ja sam interesantna žena. I slaba sam i nježna i - snažna zvijer...'". Jutarnji. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Josipa Lisac". Extravagant. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Koncerti". josipalisac. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Fakin i diva: Najveća ljubavna priča hrvatske glazbene scene". 14 February 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  9. ^ "ANKETA: Josipa Lisac otpjevala himnu na inauguraciji Zorana Milanovića, poslušajte njezinu posebnu izvedbu". Dnevnik. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  10. ^ "Podnesena kaznena prijava protiv Josipe Lisac zbog izvedbe himne: "Očekivao sam da će zavijati, ali ovako nešto..."". Dnevnik. 19 February 2020. Retrieved 21 February 2020.

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