Marin Blažević

Marin Blažević, PhD, is a dramaturge, opera stage director, theater manager, creative producer, as well as theatre and performance studies scholar based in Rijeka and Zagreb, Croatia. As an Associate Professor he was teaching theory and history of theatre and drama, performance studies and dramaturgy at the Academy of Drama Arts (Department of Dramaturgy) and opera dramaturgy at the Music Academy (Department of Opera singing), University of Zagreb (1997-2016). As Adjunct Associate Professor he is occasionally teaching at Columbia University School of the Arts (Theatre MFA Program, Dramaturgy Concentration). Marin Blažević published widely in English, Italian, Croatian and Slovenian language. His publications include authored books, collections of essays and edited thematic issues of international journals for performing arts and performance studies. He is giving talks, holding seminars and master classes on contemporary theater theory and practice, performance studies and dramaturgy at universities and art schools around the world, including: Yale, Stanford, Columbia, Utrecht, Roehampton, Northwestern, De La Salle, Wisconsin-Madison, Southern California: Roski, RMIT, Victorian College of Arts and elsewhere.

In fall 2014 he started his four years term as Artistic Director of the Opera Company of Croatian National Theater in Rijeka. In 2016 he was appointed General Manager and Artistic Director of CNT in Rijeka for the coming four years, starting on January 1, 2017.

Marin Blažević’s work as dramaturge includes drama and devised theater projects as well as operas (The Bacchae, Miss Julie, Trilogy on Croatian Fascism, Carmen, Rigoletto, Your Violence and Our Violence, reCallas). His awarded collaborative theater project with Oliver Frljić (Aleksandra Zec, 2014) was touring internationally around Europe, and so did the piece Your Violence and Our Violence, co-produced by the Croatian National Theatre in Rijeka, Wiener Festwochen and a number of other international partners.

Recently he staged the following operas as director: Giulio Cesare in Egitto (also presented at Cankarjev dom in Ljubljana and invited for Savonlinna Opera Festival in sumer 2020), Otello (awarded The Best Opera Production in Croatia for the seasons 2015/16 and 2016/17), Macbeth and Falstaff (that completed the Verdi-Shakespeare Trilogy), Aida (for Summer Classics Festival in Arena – Pula), and Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette (a co-production of CNT in Rijeka and Teatro Alighieri – Ravenna Manifestazioni). His forthcoming opera projects include Strauss’ Elektra (CNT in collaboration with Cankarjev dom and Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra), Bizet’s Carmen (in collaboration with Selma Banich and Alan Vukelić, for Summer Classics in Pula – Arena), Puccini’s Tosca (for CNT in Rijeka and Summer Classics in Pula – Arena 2020), and Cherubini’s Medea (for CNT in Rijeka and Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture program).

Back in 2014, Marin Blažević was a member of the initial Rijeka ECoC Concept Committee that devised the concept and theme of Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture: Port of Diversity – Migrations, Water, Labour. Ever since he worked with Rijeka 2020 – ECoC in various capacities as associate and program advisor. Croatian National Theatre in Rijeka, at which he serves as the General Manager and Artistic Director, is one of the leading partners of Rijeka 2020 – ECoC, responsible for the classical music and opera, ballet and dance, as well as the drama and devised theatre program.