Kvarner newsletter / no 33

Ivan pl. Zajc Theatre Rijeka
Promotion of Croatian composers at the 2010 Zajc Festival

From the 5th of October to the end of November, Rijeka's Ivan pl. Zajc Theatre will be hosting this year's Zajc's Days Festival – a large musical and theatre festival named after the great Croatian composer Ivan Zajc, aimed at promoting some of the greatest pieces by Croatia's composers.

Starting from the 5th of October to the end of November, Rijek's Ivan pl. Zajc theatre will host the Zajc's Days Festival, an event dedicated to the works by Croatian composers.
This musical and theatre festival is deeply rooted in Rijeka's musical tradition. Over time, it has become an important element of the town's modern cultural identity. This year's, 18th edition of the Zajc's Days Festival, will continue the recognisable tradition of presenting and promoting music by Croatian composers from various periods, with particular emphasis on the pieces by Ivan Zajc.
The festival starts on the 5th of October with the four-act comic opera "Casanova in Istria" by Alfi Kabiljo, under the baton of maestro Ivo Lipanović and directed by Krešimir Dolenčić. The opera takes place in Venice, Poreč and Vrsar in 1776. In his memoirs, Casanova mentions a visit to Vrsar and Istria. Ten years ago, this fact inspired the famous Croatian composer, conductor and arranger of international fame, Alfi Kabiljo, to write a short libretto, which was later further elaborated by the famous Istrian poet, writer and satirist Drago Orlić.
An interesting reprise within the 2010 Zajc's Days Festival is "Maja the Bee", a successful opera for children by Bruno Bjelinski under the baton of maestro Igor Vlajnić and directed by Ivan Leo Lema. Until now, for as many as 8,000 children, this opera was the first contact with theatre and an introduction to the world of opera.
The festival programme will also include the concert by the Rijeka Philharmonic Orchestra to mark the 100th anniversary of birth of the Croatian composer Josip Kaplan (Krško, 1910 – Lovran, 1996).
The programme entitled "Saturday matinees in the foyer" will include a concert by the Brass Quintet Orchestra of the Ivan pl. Zajc Theatre's Opera Ensemble with pieces by Croatian authors.