23 February 2021

Georg Friedrich Händel’s baroque opera Julius Caesar in Egypt – Anew is scheduled for Friday, February 26 at 6:30 PM. The role of Nireno will be played by the young countertenor Franko Klisović. Countertenors are not very numerous, and are therefore highly regarded on the opera stage.

“This is my second opera production; usually I participate in concert performances of baroque music. This is my first time on the Rijeka stage, though I also participated in the opera Dido and Aeneas, albeit singing from the loge. I am delighted with the show and believe there will be an audience for it, especially since we are so privileged compared to the rest of the world with the possibility to hold opera performances,” says Franko Klisović on the eve of the revival of the opera Julius Caesar in Egypt – Anew, directed and dramatized by Marin Blažević, and conducted by Maestro Ville Matvejeff.

Franko Klisović, born in Šibenik, is studying conducting at the Music Academy in Zagreb in the class of Maestro Tomislav Fačini, and studies singing in the class of Professor Martina Gojčeta Silić. He began singing professionally at the end of 2015. He landed the role of Ottone in G. F. Händel’s Agrippina and performed in Doha at the Qatar Opera House. He has performed with numerous ensembles and orchestras, and is known by the Rijeka audience for his role as the Spirit in H. Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas. He also participated in the performance of Carmina Burana by C. Orff with the world-famous soprano Sumi Jo and the Rijeka Symphony Orchestra at the Summer Classics Festival in the Pula Arena.