Dear visitors, we regret to inform you that the performances of opera Les Vêpres Siciliennes by Giuseppe Verdi scheduled for March 10, 12 and 15, 2018 are cancelled due to the illness of the leading singer. On Saturday, instead of the announced opera, holders of subscription 5 will be able to see opera Adel and Mara by Josip Hatze; on Monday we have substituted the cancelled opera with One Song a Day Takes Mischief Away by K. Golik, V. Majer and R. Medvešek and on Thursday, March 15, 2018 we have substituted it with opera Nikola Šubić Zrinjski by Ivan noble Zajc. Tickets for March 12 and 15, 2018 are on sale. The next dates of Les Vêpres Siciliennes for subscriptions 2 and 10 will be announced in due time.
This unique opera work presents composer Verdi in a completely different light: prone to experiments, especially with the orchestra score. This work, best known for its overture that announces the complexity of the music story has been prepared by conductor Nikša Bareza and stage director Janusz Kica with a great number of soloists, choir and orchestra. The set designer is Marko Japelj, costume designer is Doris Kristić, light designer is Aljaž Zaletel, choreographer is Leonard Jakovina, the Choir is prepared by Nina Cossetto. The opening night was held on October 24, 2015 and this was the first production of this opera in Croatia.
Giuseppe Verdi’s great opera was first performed in Paris in 1855. It was censored in Italy due to its patriotic content and was performed in Milan’s La Scala under its original title only in 1864, after the unification of Italy. The title refers to the rebellion on Easter Monday in 1282, when the Sicilians rose against and massacred their French occupiers. The conflict between the Sicilians and the French offers a frame for another, more intimate conflict, in the lives of Helena, a patriotic Sicilian noblewoman, and Henry, who has just discovered that he is the illegitimate son of the French governor De Montforte. After a failed conspiracy, it seems that all will end well with the wedding of the two lovers and reconciliation between the Sicilians and the French; however, the rebels decide to go through with the massacre of the French. The Sicilian Vespersis a unique and complex opera which shows Verdi’s inclination towards experimentation, most noticeably in the orchestral music. Its overture is very famous and the source of some of the most beautiful themes of this opera.
— A show that pushes the boundaries of classical opera through its energy and vivacity. —
Jutarnji list, October 2015.
— The Sicilian Vespers is the operatic enterprise of the decade for the Zagreb CNT. —
Večernji list, October 2015.
— A superb performance of Verdi’s monumental piece. —
Novi list, October 2015.
The duration of the performance is 4 hours and 15 minutes. Intervals are after the 2nd and 3rd acts.