The premiere of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Don Carlos to be shown on 14 July in Peristil will mark the beginning of the 54th Split Summer. During the month of this traditional festival of opera, drama and dance, numerous artists from Croatia and abroad will perform, and the shows will take place in other attractive locations in Split, in addition to the old town core. As the festival has stepped out of the city’s boundaries, the Ero s onoga svijeta opera will be performed in Vrlika, in the very ambient where composer Jakov Gotovac placed the plot of this comedic three-act opera. The opera repertoire of this year’s Split Summer is arranged in the honor of the great Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi, so the guests will be able to see a repeat performance of his Nabucco, while the Gripe Fort will be the venue for Mirela Ivcevic’s Za tri lipe.
The final concert Opera Stars in Split will be organized on 18 August in Prokurative and will feature famous soloists Svetla Vasileva, Clifton Forbis and Georgio Surjan. This year’s Split Summer will also include a number concerts featuring, among others, the Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra, VaraÅ¾din Chamber Orchestra, National Academic Folklore Choir Veriovka, Rucner Quartet, Vlatko Stefanovski and guests, and many other musicians from the country and abroad. The drama program will include ten plays, two of which will be premieres. They are Euripides’s Bahke directed by Oliver Frlji?, and Summerfolk, directed by Jaunusz Kica and based on a piece written by Maxim Gorky, which will be performed in Villa Dalmacija. The 54th Split Summer is also expecting the arrival of the famous French director Peter Brook who will be presenting himself by Samuel Becket’s Fragments, and the play will be performed by Theatre des Bouffes du Nord of Paris. The highlights in this part are the repeat performance of Fedra, directed by Marc Sciaccaluga, which will be shown in the cellars of Diocletian Palace, Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream performed by the Dubrovnik Summer Games troupe, and the performance of Croatia’s theater legend Pero Kvrgic. He will perform in two plays and will present his Stilske vjeÅ¾be, directed by Tomislav Radic forty years ago and based on a play written by Raymond Queneau, in Bol on Brac. The dance program will feature a premiere of Midsummer Night’s Dream by Felix Mendelssohn, choreographed by Youri Vamos. The play will be given in Sustipan, which will also be the venue for Leonid Jacobson’s ballet school from St. Petersburg. The 54th Split Summer program will be accompanied with various other cultural events.