Adel and Mara

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… više

Kein Licht.

Following the catastrophe at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, the Parisian Opéra Comique commissioned the famous French composer Philippe Manoury to write the opera Kein Licht.  based on the 2011 text of the same name by the Austrian writer Elfriede Jelinek, Nobel Prize winner for literature. Jelinek’s text was selected by the German director Nicolas Stemann, who adapted it for the stage with the French composer Manoury. The opera goes beyond the Fukushima tragedy; it is a global, metaphorical reflection on individual and collective responsibility for political and environmental issues, and humans’ relationship with technology. In this case it is about the dangers of using nuclear power. In collaboration with the Parisian IRCAM, composer Philippe Manoury, one of their members, creates a musical piece involving computer music systems and music programming, which is his preferred composing… više

The Flying Dutchman

The Flying Dutchman, a grand opera in three acts by German composer Richard Wagner is one of the most dazzling works of opera. It premiered in 1843 at Dresden’s Semperoper, and is one of the first Wagner operas where his ‘music drama’ comes to the fore, and in which the orchestra’s role is equal to that of the singers, progressing the drama with its performance of the leitmotifs. As the source for the libretto Wagner used a satirical novel by the great author of romanticism Heinrich Heine, The Memoirs of Herr von Schnabelewopski, which retells an old legend of a haunted seaman doomed to eternally wander the seas, and who brings ruin to whomever he meets. According to Wagner himself, he was also inspired by a tumultuous sea voyage from Riga to London across the North Sea in the summer of 1839. At the heart of the action, that takes place in the 17th century off the coast of Norway,… više


Turandot was the great Italian composer Giacomo Puccini’s final opera. Weakened by sudden illness, he died in 1924 and never managed to finish it. The opera was completed by Franco Alfano two years later and set to the libretto written by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni. In an effort to move away from the verismo style, Puccini looked to the German adaptation of the legend of the Chinese princess Turandot by Friedrich Schiller, itself a rewriting of the Italian author Carlo Gozzi’s work. The original story was based on the 12th-century Persian poet Nizami’s epic poem Seven Beauties. The cruel Chinese princess Turandot forces her noble suitors to answer three riddles. She has already executed one of them when another, young Calàf, who hides his name, falls hopelessly in love with the princess. Although he is implored not to do it, he agrees to solve the riddles. When he succeeds,… više

Così fan tutte

Continuing the collaboration with the Zagreb Academy of Music into the new season, Mozart’s opera buffa Così fan tutte ossia la scuola degli amanti / Thus Do All (Women) or Women Are Like That will premiere at the Zagreb National Theatre. Così fan tutte is among Mozart’s last three operas, and was commissioned by the Viennese court, wanting to provide Emperor Joseph II with his favorite entertainment as he was dying of tuberculosis. The opera was created in a very short time, the first dress rehearsal was on January 20, and the world premiere was on January 26, 1790. As Joseph II died only 25 days later, further performances were suspended and continued later in the summer. It was staged again in Vienna following Mozart’s death in 1794, but in a German adaptation. There is less information about the creation of this work and its first performance than about other Mozart works, and… više

Opera Concert Cycle at The Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb

Orpheus and Eurydice – Christoph Willibald Gluck Christmas Concert – Various Composers Messa da Requiem – Giuseppe Verdi Ninth Symphony – Ludwig Van Beethoven As the past season’s Sunday Concerts were immensely popular with our audiences, for the new season the CNT Opera in Zagreb is preparing a Cycle of Great Concerts to be performed on the stage of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb. On September 21, 2017 we will officially open the 2017/2018 season with the semi-concert performance of Orpheus and Eurydice by Christoph Willibald Gluck, conducted by Nikša Bareza and directed by Kremišir Dolenčić. This gala performance will also mark the 35th anniversary of the career of the world famous Croatian-born countertenor Max Emanuel Cenčić, who set out on his artistic journey from the CNT stage in Zagreb. The second concert of the cycle, the Christmas Concert,… više

Hillary the Witch and the Aggrieved Double Bass

After eight seasons and almost one hundred performances, Hillary the Witch goes to the Opera receives its sequel. The Zagreb Opera is preparing Hillary the Witch and the Aggrieved Double Bass after the text of the same author Peter Lund, in the translation of Helena Lucić Šego, in the adaptation of Dina Vukelić and music arrangement of Mario Mirković. The director is Krešimir Dolenčić, the music director is Josip Šego and the cast is Mirta Zečević (Hillary, the Witch), Ivanka Boljkovac (Maria Bellacanta, opera singer) and Tvrtko Stipić (Mister Pultek, orchestra andant). From Sunday, March 4, 2018 all those interested and thirsty of new knowledge about opera, will be able to follow the new adventures of their favourite opera witch in the beautiful theatre Foyer. The entertaining content and beautiful music will be presented to the youngest spectators by three performers in… više