65th Split Summer Festival Begins Today, 48 Performances Announced

Daniela Rogulj

HNK Split

July 14, 2019 – The 65th Split Summer festival opens on July 14, 2019, and will continue with performances of opera, drama, ballet, concerts, exhibitions, film projections, and literary promotions through August 14, 2019.

The 65th Split Summer opens at Peristyle on Sunday, July 14, by the mayor of Split, Andro Krstulović Opara, as an envoy of the President of the Republic of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, reports Dalmatinski Portal.

Minister of Culture of the Republic of Croatia Nina Obuljen Koržinek will attend the opening ceremony, among other elite guests. After the opening ceremony at 21:00, as the first festival performance, the opera ensemble of the Croatian National Theater in Split will premiere ‘Rigoletto’ by Giuseppe Verdi under the guidance of master Ivo Lipanovic and directed by Dražen Siriščević.

The beginning marks another edition of the long-standing theatrical festival, which will feature a total of 37 opera, drama, ballet, concert titles, exhibitions, film projections, and a literary promotion in a total of 48 performances until August 14th. The festival is organized by the Croatian National Theater in Split, under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia and the auspices of the City of Split and Split-Dalmatia County.

The festival will take place in 18 locations, among which, apart from those in Split, are outdoor stages on the Mosor slopes near Sitno Gornji, Salona, Vrlika, Gata and Makarska. The 65th Split Summer is realized in cooperation with other Split and Croatian cultural institutions, namely: Ivan Meštrović Museum, Center for Culture and Lifelong Learning, Pula Film Festival, Split Art Gallery, Kula Split Gallery, Split City Museum, Fotoklub Split, and the project for the promotion of cultural heritage through performing arts Heritart, co-funded by the Creative Europe of the European Union.

In addition to the many guest and repertoire programs, there will be three premiere performances at the festival. In addition to Verdi’s Rigoletto in the opera program, the drama ensemble of HNK Split will perform ‘Caligula’ written by Alberto Camus and Jean Racine in the monumental garden of the Meštrović Gallery, and the ballet of HNK Split will perform ‘Piazzolla/Stravinski’ on the last festival day in the outdoor ambiance of Sustipan. The spectacle will feature five young European choreographers including Igor Kirov, Stephen Delattre, Kristian Lever, Claudio Cangialosi, and Douglas Lee.


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