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The Summer Classics Festival of the Rijeka Ivan pl. Zajc CNT is back to the Pula Amphitheatre, the most beautiful of open-air stages, following the last summer’s triumphal success when it was in a grand style that it brought the opera back into the Arena in Pula. This summer it is in Pula again with no less than three programmes, three musical and music-and-stage jewels. Excellent soloists and the starry night in the antique Roman Arena will again become the setting to musical spectacles, namely, opera Aida on 25th July, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 on 27th July and opera Carmen on 1st August. Choosing these three programmes that convey both the power of classical works and the richness of new interpretations, we enliven the synergy of supreme art and the historical antique Roman amphitheatre. Expect the experience to be remembered all your life!
THE OPERA OF ALL OPERAS: Verdi: Aida, 25 July 2019
The spectacular performance of Aida and its immortal tragic story of strong characters torn between their forbidden love for each other and the obligation of love for their homeland, deeply moved and delighted an audience of over three thousand at the Pula Arena in July 2018. One year later, Aida returns to the magnificent Arena. Brilliant singers that have already conquered European and world opera stages, and an orchestra conducted by the spirited Ville Matvejeff will allow you to experience ancient Egypt in the fantastic atmosphere of ancient Roman architecture.
Soloists: Kristina Kolar, Dubravka Šeparović Mušović, Luis Chapa, Giorgio Surian, Luka Ortar, Goran Jurić and others.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 / ‘Ode to Joy’: 27 July 2019
Beethoven’s most famous symphony with its rousing message of freedom and equality for all, will be performed by more than 200 inspired musicians. Superb soloists, the acclaimed Rijeka Opera Orchestra & Choir, and the charismatic conductor Yordan Kamdzhalov invite you to experience a new, unforgettable interpretation of this captivating musical piece.
Soloists: Kristina Kolar, Ivana Srbljan, Marko Fortunato, Goran Jurić
Georges Bizet: Carmen: 1 August 2019
A warm summer night and an ancient Roman amphitheatre create the perfect dramatic backdrop for a story of passionate love, fatal jealousy, defiance and freedom. The beautiful music and vigorous rhythm of its Spanish melodies make Carmen one of the most popular operas of all time, and one of the five most-performed operas in the world every year. Under the clear sky of a hot summer night, enjoy the amazing performance of the international ensemble of young opera stars and the Rijeka Opera choir, ballet and orchestra, which according to critics and audiences is the best in this part of Europe.
Soloists: Ivana Srbljan, Aljaž Farasin, Anamarija Knego, Luka Ortar, Robert Kolar and others.