The best shows this season at the Croatian National Theatre in Rijeka

Ballet, classical music and opera of the highest standards in 2020 European Capital of Culture

The Theatre Building in Rijeka,Croatia
Mirko Dabic The Croatian National Theatre Ivan Zajc in Rijeka
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From a gala performance of this summer's big hit, Carmen, to a celebration of Giacomo Puccini and world-class ballet, the Croatian National Theatre Ivan Zajc in Rijeka has a great autumn / winter season lined up.

The best shows this season at the Croatian National Theatre in Rijeka

Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc
© Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc
Dance, Ballet

4 allegros, 1 allegretto and 2 boleros

Choreographers Maša Kolar, Kristian Lever and Andonis Foniadakis have created new works to accompany classic musical pieces written by Ludwig van Beethoven, Fredric Chopin and Maurice Ravel within this showcase, performed by The Croatian National Theatre Ivan Zajc Rijeka's resident ballet virtuosos.  

Yordan Kamdzhalov
© Nikola Popov
Music, Classical and opera

Gustav Mahler: Resurrection, Symphony no. 2 in C-minor for soprano, alto, choir and orchestra

One of the largest ensembles to have ever appeared in the Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc Rijeka will take to the stage to perform Mahler's significant Symphony no. 2, over an hour and a half's recital of this significant work. On the occasion, the ensemble will include an expanded orchestra, with the orchestra of the Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc being joined by members of the Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra. They will be joined by two vocal soloists, Kristina Kolar (HR) and Ivana Srbljan (HR) and a mixed choir. Written over six years, due to his composing being a part-time concern in deference of his profession as one of the world's then leading conductors, Gustav Mahler's Symphony no. 2 is regarded as one of his masterworks. Over a gradual time period since his death, Mahler has been reevaluated and is now considered one of the key composers of his era. The slow reevaluation can in part be attributed to the banning of his works as degenerate in Nazi-controlled Europe - despite converting to Catholicism, Mahler was born to Jewish parents - although anti-semitism prevalent in Europe even curtailed his activities and the performance of his works during his lifetime (he died in 1911). Symphony no. 2 is now one of the world's most popular symphonies and was written with the acknowledged inspiration of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, in particular, the integral climax of the piece provided by the sizeable chorus of voices. The concert will be conducted

Spring Forward Dance Festival
© Spring Forward Dance Festival
Dance, Modern

Spring Forward: festival of modern dance

Various venues in Rijeka, Rijeka

Taking place on the last weekend in April 2020, Spring Forward is a festival of modern dance which will bring brilliant young dancers from across Europe and further still for performances across multiple venues. The Croatian Cultural Centre, Croatian National Theatre Ivan Pl. Zajc, Exportdrvo and other locations will play host to more than 200 producers and experts in modern dance from around the world. The project itself is part of the European Aerowaves network which has been co-ordinating cross-border cooperation in the theatre of dance for the last 23 years.