Croatian President Ivo Josipovic was in attendance as the 64th Dubrovnik Summer Festival opened last night with raising the Libertas flag on Orlando’s Column. Over 2,000 artists from all corners of the world will perform in more than 130 theatrical, musical, operatic, ballet and folklore events around Dubrovnik until 25 August.
This year’s theatre programme will include 3 premiers, 2 repeat plays, 1 remake play and 5 guest performances, and will include Croatia’s best play in 2012 I. S Kuci Unterstadt, directed by Zlatko Sviben and Croatia’s first clown play for adults The Nightingale. Other highlights on this year’s packed programme include performances by the Triko Circus Theatre and the Slovene National Theatre of Maribor.
The Festival’s music programme will mark the 200th anniversary of the births of Verdi and Wagner, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten, the 100th anniversary of the first performance of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, the 150th anniversary of the birth of Claude Debussy and the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Croatian opera diva Milka Trnina.