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The 13th International Festival of Classical Music, Opera Selecta, brings the best Croatian and foreign musicians to Trogir from July 15 to 25, 2021. In addition to the traditional ambiance of the Kamerlengo Tower, this year, the festival is held at the Rector’s Palace and John Paul II Square.

From all-night concerts by world opera stars, Opera Selecta has grown into a festival that, in addition to the pearls of opera arias, also brings concert recitals and performances by chamber ensembles. This year, the audience can enjoy four concerts, and a treat for fashion connoisseurs is in the works. 

The festival opens with a concert by Russian violinist Tatiana Samouil and pianist Julia Gubaidulina on July 15 and will be joined at the Kamerlengo Tower by Joško Ševo, who, as an indispensable part of Opera Selecta, enriches musical art with a dramatic performance of the written word.

The musical part of the program brings a rhapsodic composition by Tzigana M. Ravel, Prelude and Allegro in the style of G. Pugnani by composer F. Kreisler and a Sonata in A major and Melancholy by C. Franck. Combining artistic expressions, the 13th Opera Selecta also pays attention to fashion, which is especially important on the stage. Matija Vuica’s fashion show on July 16 at John Paul II Square brings the Timeless Minerva collection worthy of every opera diva and those who want to feel that way. The Roman goddess was worshiped as the goddess of wisdom, warriors, poetry, medicine, trade, crafts, but also the inventor of music.

On Saturday, July 17, the Croatian String Quartet will hold a concert at the Rector’s Palace, composed of strong and versatile individuals of the music scene: violinists Martin Draušnik and Alina Gubaidulina, violist Aleksandar Jakopanec and cellist Zita Varga. Although they have been performing since 2012, with their dedication and quality, they have established themselves as one of the leading chamber ensembles in Croatia, which they will prove in Trogir with the performance of the Second String Quartet in A minor, Op. 13 by F. Mendelssohn and the P. Bergamo String Quartet.

Soprano Olga Seliverstova, mezzo-soprano Svetlana Shilova and baritone Konstantin Shushakov will perform at the concert of Soloists of the Bolshoi Theater on July 21, which is synonymous with top performers, accompanied by prominent Croatian pianist Vesna Podrug Kossjanenko. Along with works by Russian composers, N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov and P. I. Tchaikovsky, the program consists of some of the most beautiful arias, duets, and solo songs, such as Bizet’s Habanera from Carmen, Offenbach’s Barcarolle from Hoffman’s Stories, and Granada A. Lara.

The ceremonial finale will follow with soprano Evelin Novak and the Zagreb Soloists on July 25 in the Kamerlengo Tower to the delight of fans of instrumental and vocal-instrumental music. The ensemble, which is approaching its seventh decade of operation, will perform works by J. Sibelius, L. Boccherini, L. Sorkočević, J. Haydn, and F. Schubert, while it will join forces with the soloist of the German State Opera in performances of Hatze’s Serenade, vocal waltz Il Bacio L. Arditi and arias from operas and operettas by GF Handel, G. Verdi, G. Puccini, and F. Lehar.

Opera Selecta, as one of the biggest contemporary brands in Trogir, is the result of the enthusiasm of individuals from the eponymous Trogir association “Opera Selecta”. Since the jubilee edition of Opera Selecta, it has continued the festival concept, which includes a number of concerts and instrumental editions, with all concerts starting at 9 pm (fashion show at 9:30 pm).

Tickets can be purchased online at the Adriaticket platform and at all Adriaticket points of sale. The festival is held under the auspices of the Office of the President of the Republic of Croatia, the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia, Split-Dalmatia County, and the City of Trogir.

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