The annual Tito Strozzi Award that the CNT in Zagreb grants for the best artistic creation in the previous season, has been awarded to the Drama principal Goran Grgić for the role of Viktor in drama Men of Wax written by Mate Matišić and to the Ballet of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb for the performance of ballet The Glembays after the drama and prose of Miroslav Krleža in the choreography of Leo Mujić to selected music of Ludwig van Beethoven and Sergei Rahmaninov.
At the Award Ceremony in the Foyer of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb Dubravka Vrgoč granted the awards to the laureates and mentioned that this is an exceptionally significant award for the CNT in Zagreb and for Croatian theatre art in general. She reminded that the CNT has become important not only to the City of Zagreb but also to the state and wider and it deserves a significant place on the European cultural scene. With our performances we are entering a dialogue with reality and are attempting to attract audiences of diverse generations.
Ivica Buljan the director of the Drama of the CNT in Zagreb pointed out that the history of the CNT in Zagreb and artist Tito Strozzi are inseparable; they are actually contemporaries and everything that the Strozzi dynasty has contributed throughout the entire 20th century obliges us to be conscious, at all times, of our European and Croatian identity that must intertwine in the programme and before all in creativity. Our artists that receive this award may be proud to be able to attribute in their opus the name of Strozzi not only as their merit but also as a great obligation for the future.
The Theatre Board is composed of the following individuals Mani Gotovac (president), Dalibor Cikojević, Ljiljana Gvozdenović, Darko Lukić and Branimir Pofuk (members). The award is traditionally awarded on the historical day of the Drama of the CNT in Zagreb, November 24, 2017.
Goran Grgić at the award ceremony mentioned that to receive the award that carries the name of such a grandiose theatre personality is a great honour and a great obligation for the future. Matišić’s text is a text of the decade in this theatre and the ensemble put in a lot of effort, said Grgić evaluating that the CNT in Zagreb is at the moment at its peak; it flies, it is high and it has been recognised in the theatre milieu, but also by the spectators.
The award was accepted by the ballet team of the performance led by Leonard Jakovina, the director of the Ballet of the CNT in Zagreb who thanked the Board for recognising the effort, work and professionality of the team that gave life to a work that will definitely remain on the repertoire of this theatre for a long time. Today I am definitely one of the proudest ballet directors. It is an exceptional honour to have been given this opportunity to be a part, a segment in the development of a lovely new generation of great dancers, said Jakovina.
The awarded artists were given the award, diploma and plaque with the image of Tito Strozzi (the work of sculptor Ivan Antolčić). Some of the laureates of this award are Vanja Drach, Georgij Paro, Ruža Pospiš Baldani, Pero Kvrgić, Irena Pasarić, Neven Belamarić, Mustafa Nadarević, Alma Prica, Livio Badurina, Edina Pličanić, Orchestra of the Opera of the CNT in Zagreb and last year’s winner is Nina Violić.
1992/1993 Nikša Bareza for conducting opera Porin by Vatroslav Lisinski
1993/1994 Vanja Drach for the role of Ignjat Glembay in The Glembays by Miroslav Krleža
1994/1995 Valentin Enčev for the title role in opera Nikola Šubić Zrinski by Ivan noble Zajc
1995/1996 Georgij Paro for the direction of opera The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
1996/1997 Dinko Bogdanić for choreography and direction of ballet Don Quixote by Ludwig Minkus
1997/1998 Mladen Bašić for conducting opera The Rape of Lucretia by Benjamin Britten
1998/1999 Dragan Despot for the role of Biff in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman
1999/2000 Ruža Pospiš Baldani for the role of Marfa in opera Khovanshchina by Modest Petrovich Musorgsky
2000/2001 Milko Šparemblek for the script, choreography and direction of Johannes Faust passion
2001/2002 Pero Kvrgić for the role of the Father in Tonight we Improvise by Luigi Pirandello
2002/2003 Irena Pasarić for the title role in ballet Giselle by Adolphe Adam
2003/2004 Thomas Schulte – Michels for the direction and sets in opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk County by Dmitry Shostakovich
2004/2005 Neven Belamarić for the role of King Mark in opera Tristan and Isolde by Richard Wagner
2005/2006 Mustafa Nadarević for the drama text Hasanaginica written after the drama with the same title by Milan Ogrizović and other sources and for the direction of the same work and the role of Hasan-aga
2006/2007 Vitomir Marof for the role of Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera by Giuseppe Verdi
2007/2008 Alma Prica for the role of Christine in drama Mourning Becomes Electra by Eugene O’Neill
2008/2009 Ivica Boban for the text, drama adaptation and stage direction of They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
2009/2010 Krešimir Dolenčić for the direction of The Bourgeois Gentleman by J. B. P. Molière – J. B.Lully
2010/2011 Dubravka Šeparović Mušović for the role of Kundry in opera Parsifal by Richard Wagner
2011/2012 Pavla Mikolavčić for her entire artistic achievement
2012/2013 Livio Badurina for the role of the Guard of the Golden Fleece in Medea by Euripides
2013/2014 Edina Pličanić for the role of Anna Karenina in ballet Anna Karenina after L. N. Tolstoy to selected music by P. I. Tchaikovsky in the choreography of Leo Mujić
2014/2015 Orchestra of the Opera of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb for all opera and ballet performances
2015/2016 Nina Violić for the role of Karolina Amruš in 3 Winters by Tena Štivičić