For the end of the 73rd Festival, last night, August 25 in front of the Cathedral the traditional opera gala was held with performances, under the baton of maestro Ivan Repušić,of the Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra as well as the opera star, soprano Adela Zaharia and young tenor Filip Filipović. The carefully selected closing programme presented the best works of classical music greats Hérold, Gounod, Donizetti, Dvořák and Verdi.
At the latest since her triumphant successes as Donna Anna at Covent Garden London, at Opéra de Paris, San Francisco Opera and the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam as well as her sensational Traviata and Lucia at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, the Romanian soprano and Operalia winner Adela Zaharia is not only considered a spectacular discovery, but one of the most important singers of this repertoire, taking audiences by storm and thrilling the press. Tenor Filip Filipović began his musical education playing piano in the class of Professor Gordana Cepika and in 2013 redirected to singing in the class of Professor Bojan Pogrmilović at the Vatroslav Lisinski Music School. In 2016 he enrolled at the Ljubljana Academy of Music, where he studied with Matjaž Robavs. In 2018 he continued his academic vocal education at the Zagreb Academy of Music with Tomislav Mužek. Since 2019 he is a student of Professor Giorgio Surian. Ivan Repušić studied conducting at the Zagreb Academy of Music under Igor Gjadrov and Vjekoslav Šutej and continued his studies with renowned conductors Jorma Panula and Gianluigi Gelmetti. He began conducting in 2002 at the Croatian National Theatre Split, and currently he is a Chief Conductor of the Munich Radio Orchestra and First Conductor of the Berlin Opera.
With a short ceremony at the end of the concert, the 73rd Dubrovnik Summer Festival was officially closed.