|“Italian Girl in Algiers” Opens May Opera Evenings|
(MIA, 30.04.2007) – The jubilee 35th May Opera Evenings will open with the opera “Italian Girl in Algiers” by Gioachino Rossini on 9th May. Being set on the Macedonian opera stage for the first time, the co-production between Macedonia, Austria and Serbia is directed by Usi Horner.
The 35th May Opera Evenings programme includes operas by Verdi – “Rigoletto,” “Traviata,” and “Aida” as well as “Cavalleria Rusticana” by Pietro Mascagni and the ballet “Giselle” by Adolphe Adam.
Opera House Director Sasko Nikolovski said in a press conference that the programme is conceived for the festival to keep continuity of quality and bring guests from Europe, the United States and countries from former Yugoslavia as has in the past years. “Performance of ‘Italian Girl in Algiers’ is a joint wish of the Macedonian Opera and Ballet and the Music Theatre in Vienna,” he said. The action in the opera is modernized and takes place in the 20th century.
Verdi’s operas are traditional for the May Opera Evenings, and “Cavalleria Rusticana” has been chosen for the 60th Anniversary of the Macedonian Opera House as the first ever opera set in Macedonia on 9th May 1947.
A total of 297 plays have been performed by 1500 artists in the past 35 years of the May Opera Evenings. The first opera performed at the festival was “Tsar Samoil” on 9th May 1972.