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Teodora – Toda Boberić
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Teodora – Toda Boberić

... born Arsenović, was born in Novi Bečej (Vranjevo) in 1886. She is considered one of the most successful actresses of the National Theatre in Belgrade during her career from 1906 to 1956. Her significance for the history of Serbian theater is manifold. In addition to great success in dramatic repertoire, Teodora also excelled as an interpreter of leading roles in popular musical plays (Koštana, Tašana, Čučuk Stana), as well as a pioneer of Serbian opera, where she played important roles such as Acučena in Il Trovatore and Carmen in the eponymous piece.

These two roles are considered extremely demanding, and Teodora managed to play the first Acučena and the first Carmen in the history of the National Theatre's opera. In drama, she gained recognition through many roles, such as Masha in The Living Corpse, Elmira in Tartuffe, Mara Nikšin Beneš in Twilight, Grandma Eugenia in Trees Die Standing, and the sorceress Manefa in The Circle of Wisdom - a double folly, for which she was also awarded by the Ministry of Education.

Teodora – Toda BoberićShe also contributed to the first Balkan feature films made in 1911, playing Jelena in Karađorđe and Maria Gorjanski in the film Ulrich Celjski and Vladislav Hunyadi.

From the establishment of Radio Belgrade until her death, Teodora was a beloved performer of folk songs. She recorded for leading record labels such as Odeon, Edison Bell, and His Master's Voice. Throughout her life, she was awarded the Orders of St. Sava IV and V ranks, as well as the Order of Civil Merit by the Bulgarian King Boris III, a valuable ring - a gift from King Alexander Karađorđević, and the Orders of Labor I and II ranks.

She passed away on October 18, 1960, in Belgrade, where she is also buried. As a longtime actress and pioneer of the National Theatre's opera, a beloved radio singer, and the first beauty of Serbian cinematography, Teodora Arsenović deeply influenced the cultural scene of Belgrade in the first half of the 20th century.

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