Born in Serbia, Milica started taking piano lessons at the age of seven, while also singing in the children's choir at a private music school. Milica studied singing at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University completing a Bachelor of Music degree. She studies with renowned soprano Luciana Serra
She has been the winner of the 2008 Australian National Eisteddfod, the Dame Joan Sutherland Vocal Competition, the Elwyn Barber Memorial Encouragement Trophy, as well as a two-time winner of both the Margaret Nixon Vocal Competition and the South East Queensland Aria and Concerto Competition (2006 and 2008). In 2009 Milica was the national winner of the MBS Performer of the year award. In 2010 she was a finalist in both Wiesbaden opera scholarship, Cologne opera studio scholarship as well as the prestigious Australian McDonalds Aria Competition in 2011
Her performances have included the roles of Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Cupid in Semele and Nannetta in Falstaff (for QCGU). In 2009, Milica performed the role of Emma in a world premiere opera Dirty Apple and appeared in La Traviata - both for Opera Queensland. In 2009 Milica travelled to Macau to sing the role of Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro for the Macau International Music Festival under the baton of Maestro Lu Jia. She has since reprised the role for Opera Queensland in Music Under the Stars with the Queensland Symphony orchestra under Maestro Nicolas Braithwaite. In 2010 Milica completed a two year Young Artist program with Opera Queensland.
On the concert platform she has performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, The Messiah with the Brisbane Orchestra and themed concerts with the Queensland Pops orchestra.
In 2011 Milica performed the Faure Requiem with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Nicholas Braithwaite, a series of feature concerts also with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and become feature recording artist with the ABC.
In 2012 Milica made her company debut with Opera Australia, in the Julie Taymor Metropolitan Opera production of the Magic Flute. She sang the role of the Queen of the Night to a high acclaim, and also covered the role of Lucia in Lucia di Lamermoor for Opera Australia in both their Sydney and Melbourne seasons.
Serbian-born, Brisbane-based soprano Milica Ilic has been called in to lend her colouratura voice to WA Opera’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. What started as a supporting performance in Act One turned into a show-stopper in Act Two, with Ilic’s voice dancing through the registers to hit the high F in her character’s signature tune
Serbian-born Milica Ilic (pronounced Mel-itza Ill-itch), she of the ringing soprano and diminutive frame, as the Queen of the Night. Ilic's highly focused rendering of The vengeance of Hell boils in my heart, one of the most challenging arias in opera's entire repertoire, was a delight.