The 68th Dubrovnik Summer Festival has been closed with the Gala concert and the Orlando Award giving ceremony for the best performances in the drama and music programme, last night, 25 August in front of St Blaise's Church. The Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alberto Veronesi, featuring last year's Orlando Award winner, the young Ukrainian violinist Aleksey Semenenko performed for the festival audience.
This year too, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival has gathered together about 2.000 artists from all over the world, who have performed 72 theatrical, concert, opera, dance, folklore, film and exhibition programmes within 47 days, from 10 July to 25 August, in 16 site-specific venues in Dubrovnik and its surroundings. On that occasion, on the Festival’s last day, a press conference was held at the Sponza Palace Atrium. Iva Hraste Sočo, Deputy Minister of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, Mato Franković, Mayor of Dubrovnik, and Žaklina Marević, Deputy Prefect of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, commented favourably on the 68th Dubrovnik Summer Festival programme. Kazimir Bačić, General Manager of the Croatian Radio and Television, talked about the collaboration between the two institutions, while the Festival executives, Mladen Tarbuk, Acting Artistic Director, and Ivana Medo Bogdanović, Executive Director, elaborated on this year's Festival programme and its financial results. Mladen Tarbuk used the opportunity to thank his associates and bid them farewell at the end of his mandate.
Marin Držić - Victory Over the Enemies is the second drama premiere of the 68th Dubrovnik Summer Festival which is on the festival programme on 20 August at the Music School Park - it was announced at the press conference by the following speakers: acting artistic director Mladen Tarbuk, director Ivica Boban, author of the dramaturgical concept Hrvoje Ivanković, executive director Ivana Medo Bogdanović and Ante Režić, director of Dubrovnik’s Business Center and South Dalmatia OTP Bank which made a donation for the play.
Traditional Linđo Folklore Ensemble performance at Revelin Fort Terrace, this summer with enriched programme, will be held on Wednesday, 16. August at 9.30 pm which will be their last performance at the 68th Dubrovnik Summer Festival.
Key to the Future - Young Laureates of International Music Competitions festival programme continues with guitarist Srđan Bulat on Sunday, 13 August at 9:30 PM in the Rector's Palace Atrium. The repertoire consists of Giulio Regondi's Étude No. 8 u G major, Antón García Abril's Dos Cantares, Francisco Tárrega's Capricho arabe, Joaquín Rodrigo's En los trigales, Marko Ruždjak's Double, Stjepan Šulek's The Troubadours Three, Isaac Albéniz's Mallorca and Željko Brkanović's Suita Mediterranea.
As part of the music programme of the 68th Dubrovnik Summer Festival, the audience will have the opportunity to hear the recital named Soirée Franz Liszt by pianist Goran Filipec on Tuesday, 8 August, in the Rector's Palace Atrium starting at 9:30 pm.
The Glembays by Miroslav Krleža, directed by Zlatko Sviben and performed by the Festival Drama Ensemble will premiere at the 68th Dubrovnik Summer Festival on 6 August at the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik.
Cellist Monika Leskovar and guitarist Petrit Çeku will perform in a joined recital at the 68th Dubrovnik Summer Festival on Saturday, 29 July in the Rector's Palace Atrium starting at 9.30 pm.
The music and stage programme of the 68th Dubrovnik Summer Festival features the premiere of Georg Friedrich Handel opera Orlando subtitled Metamorphosesanddirected by János Szikora, on Friday, 28 July, beginning at 9.30 pm. The opera, which will take place in the magical ambience of the Benedictine Monastery Cloister on the Island of Lokrum, has been announced today, at the press conference held in the performance venue. Under artistic directorship of the conductor David Bates, the ensemble consists of a superb team of soloists: the British countertenor Owen Willetts in the role of the knight Orlando, Ivana Lazar in the role of Angelica, Renata Pokupić in the role of Medoro, Marija Kuhar Šoša in the role of Dorinda, and David Oštrek in the role of Zoroastro. The music will be performed by the Orlando Award winning Croatian Baroque Ensemble led by its Concertmaster Laura Vadjon.