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Tereza Kesovija
Birth name Tereza Ana Kesovija
Born October 3, 1938 (1938-10-03) (age 71) in Konavle, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Origin Dubrovnik, Croatia
Genres Pop
Adult Contemporary
Easy Listening
Occupations Singer
Years active 1960s-Present
Labels Jugoton, PGP RTB, ZKP RTLJ, Croatia Records, Columbia Records, Dallas Records, EMI, Barclay Records

Tereza Ana Kesovija (born October 3, 1938) is an internationally acclaimed Croatian singer, and previously an important artist of the former Yugoslavia. She also had a successful career in France.


Early years

Kesovija was born in Dubrovnik where she got her early music education. She won a federal young Musicians Competition in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Afterwards, she graduated from the flute program at the Academy of Music in Zagreb and as a student started appearing in non-professional music events. In 1962, shortly after the start of her professional career, she won her first international contest at Saint-Vincent, Italy. Later in her career, she won many more music festivals in Yugoslavia and had performed at other international festivals in Rio de Janeiro, Bratislava, Bern and Sopot. She represented Monaco in the Eurovision Song Contest 1966, and in 1972, the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia..

Singing career

Her long lasting career included a number of international tours in countries like the USSR, Mexico, Egypt, Japan, the United States etc.

In 1965, Kesovija moved to France and began a recording career in French. She was the only Croatian singer who sang in Paris Olympia several times. She received the Knighthood of High Decoration of Arts and Culture in France and upon a candidacy by the International Humanist League she was bestowed the Golden Chart of Humanism.

She also participated in charity work, which included UNESCO's gala concerts where she met some famous and significant people like Charlie Chaplin, Richard Burton and Peter Ustinov.

A poll by Croatian daily newspaper Vecernji list proclaimed her the singer of the 20th century in Croatia.

Her discography in 9 languages (Croatian, French, Italian, Slovenian, Russian, English, Spanish, Portuguese and German) includes 12 releases for Columbia Records and about 30 LP-s, 70 singles, 12 CD-s and numerous songs that didn't appear on them.

Recent years

Today Tereza is still active in Croatian music.


  • La Chanson de Lara (EMI, 1967)
  • C´est ma chanson (EMI, 1969)
  • Tereza (Jugoton, 1971)
  • Tereza & Julio Iglesias Live in Bulgaria (Balkanton, 1973)
  • Tereza (PGP RTB, 1974)
  • Tereza & Miro Ungar (Amiga, 1974)
  • Nježne strune mandoline (Jugoton, 1975)
  • Stare ljubavi(Jugoton, 1976)
  • Tereza (Jugoton, 1978)
  • Što je ostalo od ljubavi (Jugoton, 1978)
  • Poljubi me (Jugoton, 1979)
  • Moja splitska ljeta 1 (Jugoton, 1980)
  • Sanjam(PGP RTB, 1981)
  • Tereza (Jugoton, 1981)
  • Sinoć, kad sklopih oči (ZKP RTLJ, 1982)
  • Ja sam pjesma (PGP RTB, 1982)
  • Prijatelji stari gdje ste (Jugoton, 1982)
  • Na kušinu (PGP RTB, 1983)
  • Spomenar (PGP RTB, 1983)
  • Ponovni susret (PGP RTB, 1984)
  • Koncert v Cankarjevem domu (RTVLj, 1984)
  • Pronađi put (Jugoton, 1985)
  • Bokelji i Tereza (PGP RTB, 1985)
  • Molim te, ostani (Jugoton, 1986)
  • Moja posljednja i prva ljubavi (Jugoton, 1987)
  • Moja splitska ljeta 2 (Jugoton, 1988)
  • Live `a l'Olympia (Jugoton, 1988)
  • Nezaboravne melodije (Orfej RTZ, 1989)
  • Ljubav je moj grijeh (Croatia Records, 1990)
  • To sam ja (Tutico/Croatia Records, 1995)
  • Gold Mix Tereza (Melody, 1995)
  • Kad jednog dana prisjetim se svega (Croatia Records, 1997)
  • Gdje ima srca tu sam i ja (Croatia Records, 1999)
  • Samo malo intime (Croatia Records, 1999)
  • Spomenar (kompilacija) (Taped Pictures, 2000)
  • Ja sam pjesma (kompilacija)(Taped Pictures, 2001)
  • Kronologija (Perfect Music/Croatia Records, 2002)
  • S druge strane sna (live with Michel Legrand) (Croatia Records, 2003)
  • Mojih 45 skalina (Croatia Records) (2005)
  • Platinum collection ( Croatia Records ) (2007)
  • Zaustavi vrijeme ( Dallas Records )(2007)
  • Live a l´Olympia ( Dallas Records ) (2008)
  • Ja sam pjesma (PGP RTS) (2009)

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Preceded by
Marjorie Noël
Monaco in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Minouche Barelli
Preceded by
Krunoslav Slabinac
Yugoslavia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Zdravko Čolić


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