Just a few steps from Korzo, on the Square of Rijeka Resolution, the “Nessun Dorma” concert was held, for which more tickets were requested. The pleasant summer evening at this sold-out venue was filled with the most famous melodies from the operas of Verdi, Mozart, Donizetti, Saint-Saëns, Puccini, and Mascagni, with interpretations by the top soloists of the Rijeka Opera and the Rijeka Symphony Orchestra, all conducted by Beatrice Venezi.
The titular song “Nessun dorma” was performed by two tenors, Aljaž Farasin and Domagoj Dorotić. The audience could not contain their emotions, nor the applause that broke out in the square at the climax of the song, a piece which for Rijeka’s citizens carries with it the memory of football success.
Below you will find a few of the comments from the spectators immediately following the concert:
“The soloists are fit for the world stage.”
“The performance of Anamarija Knego and Aljaž Farasin is full of sincere grace. I always melt at the duo’s interpretations.”
“A beautiful evening with famous melodies.”
“We aren’t from Rijeka, so we aren’t familiar with the soloists, but we are delighted with everything – the concert and the atmosphere.”
“The choir is first-rate. When they sing Verdi, they are at their most secure. It sounds great. Brilliant concert.”
“We want concerts like this; we really enjoyed it. There is truly nothing more beautiful than when you listen to a concert like this live in the heart of the European Capital of Culture. A superb experience. It’s a wonderful feeling when the orchestra, choir and soloists are in front of you, a breeze blows, seagulls soar over you, and you hear the sounds of the city, and absolutely nothing bothers you while you’re listening to such performers…a special experience!”
“Excellent! The conductor communicated well with the orchestra, choir and soloists, and besides that is a stunning woman.”
“It was wonderful. Wonderful location.”
There will be no sleeping on Saturday, either, when the second concert follows, this time with a slightly different program! “Nessun Dorma 2” will take place at the same place and time on July 25, featuring the same performers! Only a few tickets remain, as a few extra seats were added due to high audience interest. At the next concert, you will be able to hear arias and duets that will announce new titles in next season’s opera repertoire: Verdi’s Aida and Don Carlo, as well as Puccini’s Turandot.
Saturday’s concert is preceded by the presentation of the international edition of the CD “Nikola Šubić Zrinjski”, performed by the Opera of the Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc, at 7:30 PM on the Square of Rijeka Resolution. Participants will include the music historian and critic Bosiljka Perić Kempf, as well as the conductor and soloists whose performance was recorded on the CD: Ville Matvejeff, Kristina Kolar, Robert Kolar, Anamarija Knego and Aljaž Farasin.