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63rd Dubrovnik Summer Festival, 10/7 – 25/8 2012

More than 80 art performances in stunning historical settings

 

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The bustling walled city of Dubrovnik hosts its spectacular and one of the oldest European Festivals – the Dubrovnik Summer Festival presenting rich and vibrant theatre, ballet, classic music, opera, jazz, fine arts and film program.  The ambience and the City as a unique meeting place of the world’s and Croatia’s finest artists remain the basic features of the forthcoming 63rd Festival. Impressive array of finest artists, chamber ensembles and orchestras from all around the world will be performing this summer on remarkable squares, palaces, churches, gardens and streets of historical city of Dubrovnik.

Theatre Programme

The theatrical premieres will include Euripides’ tragedy Medea, directed by the renowned Slovenian theatre director Tomaž Pandur, in collaboration with the Croatian National Theatre of Zagreb. One of Euripides’ most intriguing and enigmatic pieces, Medea will be performed at Fort Lovrjenac, which – owing to its stratified network of corridors and terraces – becomes an ideal venue for unveiling the hidden corners of a female soul.  In Büchner’s masterpiece depicting the French Revolution, Danton’s Death, one of the most awarded Croatian theatre directors, Oliver Frljić will attempt to reveal the connection between historic events and human destinies; the conditions of growth of the new order stemming from the French Revolution, and the fall of another order that had been inviolable for centuries – the Dubrovnik Republic. Saša Božić’s authorial project miser: plays, produced in collaboration with the Art Workshop Lazareti, explores memory as a source of a new theatrical play.

The play is based on the Festival visitors’ memories of the legendary play The Miser directed by Kosta Spajić, which are used as a starting point for the authorial meditation on the theme: the meaning and effects of theatrical art.  The repeat performances will include two last year’s hits: Sophocles’ Oedipus the King directed by Eduard Miler and Vlaho Stulli’s Kate Kapuralica directed by Dario Harjaček. According to the long term tradition, the Festival will host the Lero Students Theatre and the first performance of Milan Milišić’s play Moonlight for Lady Macbeth directed by Davor Mojaš.

Music and Dance Programme

The extensive music programme of the 63rd Dubrovnik Summer Festival comprises Baroque to contemporary music, including jazz, folklore, symphonic, operatic and chamber concerts, piano and violin recitals. Festival’s audience eagerly awaits performance of renowned soloists: pianist and conductor of Argentinian-Israeli origin Daniel Barenboim, pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Arcadi Vodolos who will present themselves for the first time in Croatia with their recitals at the Rector’s Palace, and also violin stars Giuliano Carmignola, Nigel Kennedy, and Ning Feng.  Festival’s audience will enjoy numerous attractive concerts, such as those of the guitar quartet Los Romeros, the Freiburger Barockoque Orchestra as one of the world’s finest Baroque ensemble, the Venetian Baroque Orchestra, the wind quintet led by the flutist Emmanel Pahud with the eminent Croatian horn player Radovan Vlatković, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra featuring prestigious soloists and conductors and the Tango Project by the accordion player Richard Galliano with the Piazzolla Forever Septet.  The prestigious Croatian artists will include the Porin Quartet, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by the great Dmitrij Kitajenko, Dubrovnik-born mezzo-soprano Janja Vuletić and world famous Croatian soloists: cellist Monika Leskovar, pianist Martina Filjak and clarinettist Marija Pavlović .  After many seasons, the Festival programme comprises Mozart’s Requiem performed by one of England’s most popular choirs, The Choir of King’s College Cambridge with Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra. The Festival will be closed by the gala opera concert

in front of St Blaise’s Church featuring the leading opera stars of today: soprano Inva Mula and baritone Leo Nucci accompanied by the Slovenian Philharmonic. Intriguing contemporary dance The Divine Comedy will be performed by the Budva City Theatre while the Lado Folklore Ensemble of Zagreb and the Linđo Folklore Ensemble of Dubrovnik will present traditional Croatian folk dances and songs.

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