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The Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
Summer Festival
Festival
(Croatian: Dubrovačke ljetne igre; [dubrɔʋatʃkɛ ʎɛtnɛ iɡrɛ] is an annually-held summer festival instituted in 1950 in Dubrovnik, Croatia. It is held every year between 10 July and 25 August. On more than 70 open-air venues of Renaissance-Baroque city of Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
a rich programme of classical music, theatre, opera and dance performances is presented.

Contents

1 History 2 Programme

2.1 Drama programme 2.2 Music programme 2.3 Opera programme 2.4 Ballet
Ballet
programme

3 External links

History[edit] The idea of founding the Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
Summer Festival' in 1950 was harmonizing the renaissance and baroque atmosphere of Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
and the living spirit of drama and music, actually derived from the intellectual way of life of the city itself, from its living creative tradition, which has bestowed upon Croatian cultural and scholarly history, especially in theatre and literature, many great names and works, and kept it continually in touch with contemporary currents in western Europe. Programme[edit] Drama programme[edit] The works of Marin Držić, Nikola Nalješković, Ivan Gundulić
Ivan Gundulić
and Ivo Vojnović
Ivo Vojnović
were to become a mainstay of the drama programme, then, while with the understanding of the idea of the importance of ambience, which is the principal distinguishing feature of the Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
Festival, the specific theatrical values of the wider Croatian dramatic heritage gradually became revealed, as did the adaptability of the classics of European dramatic art to the squares, palaces, towers and parks of Dubrovnik. Above all Shakespeare, but also the Greek tragedians, Goldoni, Calderon de la Barca, Molière, Corneille and Goethe
Goethe
became yardsticks of the traditionalist nature of the festival. As early as 1952 director Marko Fotez, the prime mover behind the group of enthusiasts who started up the Festival, put on Hamlet
Hamlet
at the Fort Lovrijenac, which soon became an ideal setting for this drama known throughout the world. Equally attractive were the performances of Goldoni's Fishermens Quarrels in the old city harbour, renaissance comedies and mystery plays taking place in the city squares (called after Gundulić, Bunić and Držić), Goethes Iphigenia, staged in Gradac Park by Croatias greatest director Branko Gavella, and Vojnović's The Trilogy of Dubrovnik, an emblematic work about the fall of the Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
Republic, staged in the authentic rooms of the Rectors Palace, Sponza Palace and Gruž summer residence. The ambience determined not only the repertoire but also the organization of the festival, and most of the performances are performed by the Festival
Festival
Drama Ensemble, composed of the best Croatian actors. There were also guest appearances that enhanced exclusiveness of the event including the Piccolo Teatro from Milan, the Old Vic, the Greek National Theatre
Greek National Theatre
from Athens, the Stadttheater from Basel, the Prospect Theatre Company
Prospect Theatre Company
and the Royal National Theatre from London, New York La Mama, the Teatar Stary from Kraków and many others. Hamlet
Hamlet
has been played by prestigious actors such as Derek Jacobi, Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
and Goran Višnjić. Music programme[edit] The festival music programme was initially conceptualised as presentation of the best composers, soloists and orchestras from the country, but by the end of the fifties it had already grown into a real review of top solo artists and ensembles from all around the world. The high standard of performance in Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
was complemented by functional use of the attractive and acoustic buildings, particularly the Rectors Palace Atrium. In the early seventies special attention was paid to the music and concert programme conception, with larger number of representatives of new currents in music taking part, in addition to those who attempted to breathe new life into the old, especially Croatian, music. Many famous artists and orchestras performed at the Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
Summer Festival, contributing to its prestige worldwide. In addition to regular appearances of the Zagreb
Zagreb
Philharmonic Orchestra, on festival performed Czech Philharmonic, The Hallé
The Hallé
Orchestra, the French Radio Orchestra, the Suisse Romande Orchestra, the RAI Symphony Orchestra from Turin, philharmonic orchestras from London, Vienna, Dresden, Berlin, Moscow, Warsaw, St Petersburg, and the Cincinnati Symphony. Among chamber and vocal ensembles the Beethoven Quartet, Borodin Quartet and Prokofiev Quartet from Moscow, the LaSalle Quartet and Juilliard Quartet
Juilliard Quartet
from New York City, the Amadeus Quartet
Amadeus Quartet
from London, the Parrenin Quartet from Paris, the New Vienna
Vienna
Quartet and Alban Berg Quartet from Vienna, the Virtuosi di Roma, the Zagreb
Zagreb
Soloists, the Lucerne Festival
Festival
Strings, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Vienna
Vienna
Boys, the Beaux Arts Trio from New York, the Prague Chamber Orchestra and many others. Among piano soloists taking part were Svyatoslav Richter, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Nikita Magaloff, Van Cliburn, Martha Argerich, Rudolf Firkusny, Alexis Weissenberg, Aldo Ciccolini, Claudio Arrau, Mihail Pletnov and Ivo Pogorelić, flutist James Galway, violinists Henry Szeryng, Leonid Kogan, Isaac Stern, David Oistrakh, Viktor Tretiakov, Zlatko Baloković and Uto Ughi, as well as cellists Rostropovich, Navarra, Janigro and Tortellier. Great singers like Nicolai Gedda, Montserrat Caballé
Montserrat Caballé
and Viktor Đerek have also performed at the festival, as well as star performers like Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Ravi Shankar. Opera programme[edit] The history of operatic performances began in 1951, when the Sarajevo Opera made a guest appearance with five of its productions. The period up to 1963 was characteristic of guest appearances mainly of opera houses from the then state, but also of the search for venues suitable for staging of operas. In 1964 the first festival opera production Monteverdis The Coronation of Poppea, directed and conducted by Lovro Matačić, was put on in front of the Rectors Palace. However the best way of getting Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
and the opera together was found in 1971, and chamber operas, mostly comic, have been staged in the atrium of the Rectors Palace since. In addition to the festival performances of works by Monteverdi, Pergolesi, Caldara, Cimarosa, Salieri, Telemann or Galuppi, the practice of having guest opera performances continued, including those by the Opera of the Croatian National Theatre from Zagreb, the Teatro Massimo from Palermo, the Piccolo Teatro Musicale from Rome, the Phoenix Opera from London, and the Moscow
Moscow
Chamber Musical Theatre. Ballet
Ballet
programme[edit] Ballet
Ballet
and dance have also been welcome guests at the Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
Summer Festival, which was confirmed by the series of famous names and groups presenting their projects on the terrace of the Revelin Fortress. Alongside the best local troupes, choreographers and soloists, Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
has been visited by Merce Cunningham, Jerome Robbins, Alvin Ailey, Glenn Tetley and Martha Graham and their companies, the Twentieth Century Ballet
Ballet
of Maurice Bejart, the American Ballet Theatre, the London Festival
Festival
Ballet, the Harkness Ballet, the Antonio Gades troupe, the ballet of the Hungarian State Opera, and ballets from the cities of Parma, Antwerp
Antwerp
and Adelaide. External links[edit]

Official website

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Members of the European Festivals Association

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Ballet
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Festival
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Festival
of Classical Music Bratislava Music Festival Festival
Festival
Pianistico Internazionale di Brescia e Bergamo International Performers Competition Brno BOZAR Festival George Enescu International Festival
Festival
and Competition Budapest Festival
Festival
Center International Bursa Festival Festival
Festival
de Música de Canarias Cantonigròs International Music Festival Cividale del Fruili - Mittelfest Concentus Moraviae International Music Festival
Festival
of 13 Towns Semana de Música Religiosa Dartington International Summer School Drottningholms Slottsteater Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
Summer Festival Festival
Festival
International Echternach Emilia Romagna Festival Estoril Festival Estoril Music Weeks Flanders Festival
Festival
International Festival
Festival
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Festival
of Early Music Istanbul International Music Festival İzmir International Fair Music Isle Festival Israel Festival Festival
Festival
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Festival
della Valle d'Itria Südtirol classic festival - Meraner Musikwochen Mersin International Music Festival Festival
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Festival
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of Classical Ballet Festival
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de Wiltz Yerevan Perspectives International Music Festival Mus

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