Preparations for world premiere of ballet Elisabeth of Austria – Sissi

The Zagreb Ballet is preparing the world opening night of an interesting ballet project Elisabeth of Austria – Sissi that is choreographed and directed by the master of the European ballet stage Patrice Bart for our large ballet ensemble after the story of the famous German dramaturge Christine Theobald Gabler that will take us through the life story of one of the most intriguing and beautiful empresses of the world, Elisabeth of Austria. The music score is based on selected neoromantic works of the Czech composer Bedřich Smetana that is created and arranged by the composer and conductor of world renown Ermanno Florio who will also conduct the opening night while the following performances will be led by Dian Tchobanov. The set and costume designer is Luisa Spinatelli, assistant choreographer is Raffaella Renzi, light designer is Deni Šesnić, fencing master is Sanjin Kovačić, assistant set and costume designer is Moniafelicia Torchia, as well as Denis Rubinić, assistant set designer and Mia Rejc Prajninger as assistant costume designer. The world premiere is scheduled for March 27, 2018.

Cast: Natalia Kosovac / Iva Vitić Gameiro / Miruna Miciu ( Elisabeth of Austria),  Iva Vitić Gameiro / Atina Tanović (Melancholy), Andrea Schifano /  Guilherme Gameiro Alves (Franz Joseph I), Guilherme Gameiro Alves / Andrea Schifano / Balint Rauscher (Ludvig II of Bavaria),  Takuya Sumitomo / Tomislav Petranović (Count Andrassy),  Tomislav Petranović / Simon Yoshida / Kornel Palinko (Prince Rudolf),  Edina Pličanić /Mirna Sporiš (Sofia, Bavarian Princess, mother of Franz Joseph I),  Miruna Miciu / Pavla Pećušak (Helen, Bavarian princess, Elisabeth’s sister),  Cristiana Rotolo / Rieka Suzuki (Mary Vetsera), Milka Bartolović / Daria Brdovnik Bukvić (Ludovika, Bavarian princess, Elisabeth’s mother) with the participation of almost the entire ballet ensemble.

Elisabeth was the daughter of Duke Maximilian Joseph and Princess Ludovika of Bavaria. At 17 she married Emperor Franz Joseph I. She was known for her beauty and elegance, wrote poetry, studied Greek and traveled constantly. She was known throughout Europe for her unconventional behavior. She was killed by an Italian assassin in Geneva in 1898. We follow her turbulent life from the moment she meets the young Emperor Franz Joseph and arrives at the Viennese court. Elisabeth had difficulty adapting to the strict court etiquette, for it conflicted with her character. She never accepted the rigid court rules. Luxury and wealth did not make her happy. Her entire life she longed for peace and freedom, which she could never have. She wrote down her feelings in her diary: I wander this world alone / Shunning all of life’s pleasures / Nobody to share my time with / Never have I found my soul mate. The famous German dramaturge Christiane Theobald will lead us through the life story of one of the most intriguing and most beautiful of world empresses, which the master of ballet Patrice Bart will narrate with his choreographic and directorial signature, employing a big ballet ensemble for this art project. The world renowned Italian composer and conductor Ermanno Florio is in charge of the musical arrangement and will create the musical plot to the selected neo-romanticist works of the Czech composer Bedřich Smetana.

PATRICE BART is a renowned French ballet dancer, choreographer, pedagogue and a longtime member of the Board of Ballet at the Opéra National de Paris, where he has spent his entire career. Since 1993 Bart has been directing and choreographing ballets in the biggest European theaters. He has successfully staged the ballet Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev at the CNT Ballet.

ERMANNO FLORIO is a world famous composer, conductor and violinist born in Italy. In his early childhood he moved to Canada, where he majored in violin. After graduation he started composing and conducting. He has conducted all of the great Canadian orchestras, and he often works in the USA and throughout Europe.