Standing Ovations for the First Premiere Theatre Production of the Anniversary 70th Festival, Hamlet
The first premiere title of this Festival season, Shakespeare’s Hamlet as directed by Paolo Magelli and performed by the Festival Drama Ensemble, was put on last night, 27 July, on the Lovrjenac fort. The outstanding cast led by the first-ever Hamlet from Dubrovnik, Frano Mašković, and the breath-taking Lovrjenac as Elsinore more than justified the high expectations. The play attracted people from all over the region and many Croatian dignitaries attended the premiere, including Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and Minister of Culture Nina Obuljen Koržinek.
The incredible thespian Dražen Šivak played more than 30 characters last night, 26 July, in a virtuosic performance of the Dario Fo masterpiece, the monodrama Mistero buffo as directed by Lee Delong, in front of a large audience on the stunning Bokar fort.
Croatian Radio and Television Choir, under the baton of their principal conductor and the Festival’s own Assistant Artistic Director for Music maestro Tomislav Fačini, gave a breath-taking performance last night, 25 July, in the Rector’s palace atrium. The evening’s programme included the most beautiful Russian Orthodox choral literature: selections from Sergey Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil and Three Choruses by Georgy Sviridov.
The Linđo Folklore Ensemble continues their tradition of performing at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival and, on the Festival’s 70th birthday, with four performances the first of which was last night Wednesday 24 July. Linđo was joined by KUD Jedinstvo, the esteemed folklore ensemble from Split. Jedinstvo are celebrating this year as well – 2019 marks one hundred years since their ensemble was founded. The two folklore ensembles delighted the sizeable audience on the beautiful Revelin fort terrace.
Music That Smells Like Love Between Heaven and Earth by the Croatian Radio-television Choir and Tomislav Fačini
The 70th Dubrovnik Summer Festival music programme is in full swing - a performance in the Rector’s Palace atrium by the Croatian Radio-television Choir, under the baton of the Festival’s own Assistant Artistic Director for Music Tomislav Fačini, will start at 9.30pm tomorrow, on Thursday 25 July.
The highly-acclaimed monodrama Mistero buffo based on the eponymous Italian Nobel laureate Dario Fo’s pièce célèbre, as performed by Dražen Šivak and directed by Lee Delong, is next on the anniversary 70th Dubrovnik Festival theatre programme, on Friday 26 July at 9.30pm on the Bokar fort.
A large Festival audience flocked to the Revelin fort terrace last night, 23 July, eager for a roaring night of jazz – the acclaimed jazz virtuoso Avishai Cohen and his trio more than delivered with a spectacular performance, sponsored by Mastercard.
Hit Croatian National Theatre Play “One Song A Day Takes Mischief Away” Sweeps Audience Off Their Feet
Last night, 21 July, the sensational play “One Song A Day Takes Mischief Away,” directed by Rene Medvešek and performed in the picturesque Gradac park by the brilliant Croatian National Theatre ensemble from Zagreb, swept the excited audience off their feet.
Shakespeare’s Hamlet directed by Paolo Magelli and performed on the Lovrjenac fort by the Festival ensemble will premiere on Saturday, 27 July, as was announced on today’s press conference held in the Festival palace. Artistic Director of the Festival Dora Ruždjak Podolski, her Assistant Artistic Director for drama Saša Božić, along with the play’s director Paolo Magelli, dramaturge Željka Udovičić Pleština and Hamlet himself, Frano Mašković, and other cast members. The sponsor of the production is HEP (Hrvatska elektroprivreda), the national energy company.
In collaboration with the Pula Film Festival and the Dubrovnik Cinemas, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival will be showing the best Croatian feature film from Pula at the Jadran Open-air Cinema, on Wednesday, 24 July at 9.30pm. This year, the traditional free screening of the winning Croatian film brings the smash hit of the 66th Pula Film Festival, the Diary of Diana B, a “true story about the best of people and the worst of times,” by director Dana Budisavljević.