23 September 2020

In celebration of the 135th anniversary of the opening of our Theatre building, we will perform not one but two operas on the same day – an exceptional opportunity for all opera lovers! On Saturday, October 3, the Rijeka audience will witness the renewal of the opera Nikola Šubić Zrinjski by Ivan pl. Zajc, directed by Dora Ruždjak Podolski and conducted by maestro Igor Vlajnić. The performance starts at 12 PM. At 8 PM, a concert performance of Verdi’s Aida will be held, led by new house conductor Valentin Egel.

The opera Nikola Šubić Zrinjski directed by Dora Ruždjak Podolski is especially relevant today because of its placement in a dystopian space where chorister-scientists in a laboratory try to find a formula for salvation for the Croatian people, which is almost a prophetic prediction of the situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Maestro Igor Vlajnić, who will be conducting the performance, also had the idea for the opera to be performed with musicians in the orchestra pit, despite anti-epidemic measures. This will be possible because the composition of the orchestra will be exactly as it was on the occasion of the long-ago Zagreb premiere, with only about 30 musicians. The main roles will be played by the national opera principal Kristina Kolar as Eva, and the opera principal Robert Kolar as Zrinjski.

The concert performance of the opera Aida, featuring the award-winning German soprano Maida Hundeling in the title role, will be performed in concert or semi-stage. It will be a charity performance, with revenues going towards students of the newly-launched Giorgio Surian Opera Studio, which is why all guests who normally receive tickets are invited to purchase them this time. Also, all guest soloists will donate their fees to the work of the Opera Studio.

Tickets for both operas are on sale. With the purchase of a ticket for the concert performance of Aida, you will also receive a ticket to the opera Nikola Šubić Zrinjski at a promotional price! You can get a discount at the box office of the Theatre.

Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate the anniversary of the opening of the imposing Theatre building, a masterpiece of architecture of its time, our Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc!



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