”Adel and Mara” by Josip Hatze

Opera Adel and Mara by Josip Hatze directed by Ozren Prohić with conductor Ivan Josip Skender is scheduled for November 30, 2017 at 7.30 p.m. 

The Zagreb Opera held its first premiere in this season on November 2, 2017 – Adel and Mara by Josip Hatze with conductor Nikša Bareza. The stage director is Ozren Prohić, and the assistant conductor is Luka Vukšić. The set designer is Dinka Jeričević, the costume designer is Petra Pavičić, light designer is Vesna Kolarec and stage movement was created by Blaženka Kovač Carić. The choirmaster is Luka Vukšić.

The cast is: Ivica Čikeš / Siniša Štork (Oldi Vornić), Sofia Ameli Gojić / Neda Martić (Vornić’s Wife), Iva Krušić / Sonja Runje (Iviša), Tamara Franetović Felbinger / Martina Menegoni (Ivanica), Valentina Fijačko Kobić / Adela Golac Rilović (Mara), Ljubomir Puškarić / Davor Radić (Frane), Mario Bokun / Nikša Radovanović (Pastor), Stjepan Franetović / Domagoj Dorotić (Adel), Cecilija Car / Branka Sekulić Ćopo (Adel’s mother), Ozren Bilušić / Siniša Hapač (Dizdar), Gorana Biondić Ruško / Tanja Ruždjak (Melka), Ivo Gamulin / Božimir Lovrić (Omer), Alen Ruško / Robert Palić (Blind Fiddler), Dario Ćurić / Siniša Galović (Mujezin).

Adel and Mara, an opera in four acts, is one of the most important works of the Croatian composer Josip Hatze. The opera’s libretto was written by Branko Radica and based on the romantic epic poem Unfortunate Mara by the Split author Luka Botić – a tragic love story about a young couple, a handsome young Turkish man Adel and a young Christian girl Mara from Vranjic. They meet and fall in love at a country fair, but the chasm between their two communities is too deep to be bridged by the young couple’s love. This touching love story originates in the 16th century, when a nobleman from Split sent an account of the event to the Venetian government in 1574. Luka Botić found the story in the archives of Split and used it for his epic poem. The conflict of different faiths in a divided society leads to a tragic end – this gave the composer Hatze an opportunity to delve into thee folk music of two different Dalmatian regions, the Mediterranean Split and the town of Klis, which was then under Ottoman rule. Broad melodies, sweeping arias and the dramatic tension make the opera Adel and Mara one of the most brilliant Croatian operas. Although its world premiere took place in Ljubljana in 1932, the work was premiered in Zagreb as early as the following year, where it was conducted by Lovro von Matačić. Soon after, it was staged elsewhere in Croatia. Hatze, a student of the great Italian composer Pietro Mascagni, showed with this opera a strong sense of drama and precise characterization. Hatze’s depiction of the conflict of faith and the worldviews of two neighboring communities that takes its toll on the young is in the spirit of reconciliation and tolerance. The CNT Opera will premiere the work, continuing its artistic mission of staging the best Croatian operatic works.

LUKA VUKŠIĆ was born in Zagreb, where he graduated from the Conducting Department at the Academy of Music. He finished his postgraduate study at the Academy of Music in Budapest. Since 2016 he has worked as the Opera choir conductor at the CNT.

OZREN PROHIĆ was born in Zagreb, where he graduated in theatre direction from the Academy of Dramatic Art. He has directed plays at numerous Croatian theaters, as well as at those in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As an opera director he has collaborated with all Croatian opera houses, as well as many international ones. He holds a permanent teaching position at the Theatre Direction Department at the Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Art. He has won numerous awards.

Numerous artists congratulated the production team at a party held after the opera premiere of Adel and Mara by Josip Hatze, directed by Ozren Prohić and under music direction of Nikša Bareza.

An Insight into the premiere of opera Adel and Mara by Josip Hatze was held on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 11 a.m. Branimir Pofuk, Nikša Bareza and Ozren Prohić as well as the soloists of the Opera who were accompanied by Darijan Ivezić took part in this programme. Also at the end of the programme Branimir Pofuk and maestro Nikša Bareza announced the upcoming premiere of opera ”Kein Licht.”.