The 67th Dubrovnik Summer Festival closed with a gala concert and Orlando giving ceremony

Date created: 26.08.2016.

The 67th Dubrovnik Summer Festival was closed in front of St. Blaise's Church on 25th August with a concert performed by the Symphony Orchestra of Croatian Radiotelevision,  under the baton of maestro Ivo Lipanović, with last year's Orlando award winners Henschel Quartet, soprano Valentina Fijačko Kobić and mezzo-soprano Dubravka Šeparović Mušović. The concert was preceded by a ceremony of Orlando Award for the best achievements in drama and music programme.

In a festive atmosphere, Croatian Radio and Television Deputy Director, Siniša Kovačić handed the Orlando Awards to laureates. Orlando Award giving ceremony was led by Orlando, embodied by Maro Drobnić. For the best artistic achievement in drama program the play Othello was awarded. On behalf of the whole team and the ensemble, director of the play, Ivica Boban, took the award. Young virtuosos Aleksey Semenenko and Inna Firsova, who performed as part of a new program Key to the future, were awarded for the best artistic achievement in music program of the 67th Dubrovnik Summer Festival. Ballet from the Slovenian National Theatre Maribor was awarded with special recognition due to high artistic achievements during their multi-year performances at the Festival.

Repertoire of Festival closing concert consisted of Jakov Gotovac's Symphonic Wheel-dance, Edward Elgar's Introduction and Allegro, Dvořák's Aria of Rusalka (Act 1) from opera Rusalka and Aria of Marguerite (Act 3) from Charles Gounod's  Faust  opera performed by soprano Valentina Fijačko, Aria of Princess Eboli (Act 4): O don fatale from Giuseppe Verdi's opera Don Carlos and Aria of Isolde (Act3): Mild und leise from Richard Wagner's opera Tristan and Isolde performed by Dubravka Šeparović Mušović as well as the Blagoje Bersa's Andante sostenuto. Evening came to an end with encores performed by great Symphony Orchestra and excellent soloists. The festival was concluded with the Hymn of St. Blaise and tradicional folding of Libertas flag which was handed over to the Artistic Director of the Festival Mladen Tarbuk.

During 47 festival days, from 10 July to 25 August, the 67th Dubrovnik Summer Festival gathered nearly 2000 artists from all over the world who took part in 93 theatrical, musical, dance, folklore, film and visual arts programs at 17 site-specific venues, before an audience of 60.000 local and foreign visitors