The end of another, 72nd annual Dubrovnik Summer Festival was marked by a spectacular concert featuring world opera stars, soprano Diana Damrau, bass Nicolas Testé, young Korčula tenor Roko Radovan and the inevitable Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra conducted by the brilliant maestro Ivan Repušić. With the symbolic folding of the Libertas flag, while the orchestra played ‘La musica di notte’, the beloved Dubrovnik traditional theatre, music, dance, folklore, film, and art event had reached its end.
The selected repertoire of the final concert included the best works of opera greats Wagner, Strauss, Puccini, Donizetti, Gounod and Bellini, and some of their most prominent work, such as acts from ‘The Flying Dutchman’, the aria ‘Sì, ‘La Bohème’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and many more, all rounded off by Vincenzo Bellini’s opera ‘Norma’, known as one of the most beautiful arias ever composed.
On the same day at the Marin Držić Theatre, the Orlando award was presented to selected artists for special dramatic and musical achievements, at the traditional award ceremony, with awards going to the great Folklore Ensemble Linđo, the young Russian soprano Julia Lezhnev, and the author’s team and the acting ensemble of the drama premiere of The Lion’s Head.
The tradition of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival has been deeply embedded into the lives of local people since its very beginnings in the middle of the last century. In the unique ambience of closed and open stage spaces of the Gothic-Renaissance-Baroque city of Dubrovnik, the inspiration was drawn from ancient times of the famous Dubrovnik art history. Every year we’re amazed by something new, and we look forward to the next one even more.
Photo/Video: Zvonimir Pandža