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Opera L'incoronazione di Poppea,

by Claudio Monteverdi

National Theater in Belgrade, Stage Raša Plaović

28. january 2019.

The closing ceremony of the second edition of the Rossi Fest was marked by the performance of the famous opera of Claudio Monteverdi, The Coronation of Poppea (L'incoronazione di Poppea), enriched by the synphonies of Salomone Rossi. The main roles were presented by members of the ensemble Baroque Vocal, led by Professor Claudius Eder and other Belgrade opera singers. Ballet dancers of ensemble Transition Dance Company were selected from the Institute for Artistic Art in Belgrade, and orchestra was New Trinity Baroque ensemble under the direction of Predrag Gosta who also prepared the performances for this opera production.


Conductor: Alberto Veronesi (Italy)
Director: Aleksandar Nikolic
Choreographer: Aleksandar Ilic
Production: Rossi fest

Julie Grutzka - Poppea

Larissa Botos - Nerone

Florian Küppers - Seneca

Christian Rohrbach - Ottone

Shai Terry - Otavia

Sonja Grevenbrock - Drusilla/Virtu

Daniel Tilch - Lucano

Radoslava Vorgic - Valetto/Fortuna

Milica Lalošević - Amore

New Trinity Baroque:

Katarina Đorđević, Ivana Zavišić and Dušica Blaženović, baroque violines;

Gradimir Orbanović, baroque viola; Srđan Stanić, viola da gamba;

Uroš Jovanović, violones; Darko Karajić, theorba; Milena Stanišić, renesansna harfa; Predrag Gosta, čembalo i orgulje; Boris Bunjac, percusions and guests from Germany: Solrun Wechner, čembalo i Sergio Bermudez, lauta


Transition Dance Company sa Instituta za umetničku igru:

Nenad Ivanković, Jovana Grujić, Luka Pejčinović, Nikola Pavlović, Anđelija Jovanović i Tijana Koprivica

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Alberto Veronesi, conductor

Background: Born in Milan, Veronesi studied at the Conservatory of Verdi in Milan, after a successful degree in Piano, Orchestra composition and Direction. When he was a student he founded the Guido Cantelli orchestra.

He performed in this Orchestra until 2000 with two great performances: at the Eastern Festival in Salisburgo (invited by Claudio Abbado) and on Santa Cecilia’s day at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Maestro Alberto Veronesi is an official artist at the Deutsche Gramophone and he conducted many researches in the repertoire of 800’ and beginning of 900’. He focused on Artists like Pietro Mascagni, Ruggero Leoncavallo, Giacomo Puccini and others. He performed and recorded also the fairly known operas in order to have the biggest audience and to give more visibility to a neglected repertoire.

With the Deutsche Gramophone, Bellini and Romantic Opera Verismo Project in association with the Deutsche Gramophone This Project is dedicated to the Italian post-romantic repertoire. The project has started in 2006 with the performance of Edgar, the youngest work of Puccini, recorded in an extended version with Placido Domingo and appreciated from critics. The second album, Puccini Ritrovato, contains an original version, Deutsche Opera in Berlin, performed by Angela Gheorghiu and Roberta Alagna. Opera has been performed by Domingo, Lang Lang and the Orchestra of Bologna city Theatre.

Orchestras and Opera houses/theatres: Wiener Philarmoniker, Opera Orchestra of New York, Carnegie Hall, New York, Avery Fischer Hall, Grand Theatre of Tianjin China, The Orchestra of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Orchestra of Theatre La Fenice in Venice, Deutsche Opera Orchestra Berlin, Theatre Monnae Orchestra Bruxelles, Orchestra of Santa Cecilia Academy in Rome, Philarmonic Theatre in Bologna, Orchestra of S.Carlo Theatre Naples, Philarmonic Orchestra of Bologna, Sicilian Symphonic Orchestra of Palermo, Salzburger Festspiele, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Spring Festival New York, Teatro alla Scala, Festival Puccini di Torre del Lago, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana di Palermo, Tel Aviv Opera, Theatre NHK Tokyo, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Shanghai Opera House, Opera Orchestra of New York ,Fondazione Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari… etc

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Aleksandar Nikolić, director

Aleksandar Nikolić, is a stage director engaged in the Opera of the National Theater in Belgrade from the season 2009/10. for maintaining and reviving the current repertoire as a stage director, reviving director, acting coach. In addition to theatre directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, he also studied art history (Faculty of Philosophy, Belgrade), industrial design (Belgrade Polytechnic), piano and music theory (1992-2004.).  Hi did his professional upgrading in Brescia (Italy), Hanover (Germany) and Thessaloniki (Greece). Aleksandar Nikolić is currently completing his PhD in Theater Directing Studies at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts (University of Belgrade). He started his professional carrier as a pianist, costume and set designer.

From June 2015. Aleksandar Nikolić is engaged as professor (maitre de conferences) Belgrade Dance Institute for subjects Stage directing in opera and ballet, LibrettoAnatomy and Stage director’s analysis of the music text. He started his professional carrier as a pianist, costume and set designer. From December 2015. to February 2016. he was engaged in Royal Opera House Covent Garden as an assistant director(and later a director on duty) for Sir Richard Eyre’s production of La Traviata. From the season 2016/17 engaged in international masterclasses (Israel and Belgrade) for opera singers devoted to the interpretation of music and verbal text in the Italian and French opera repertoire.

Don Giovanni (National Theatre in Sarajevo), Viva la mamma (National Theatre in Sarajevo), Don Giovanni (Kombank hall, Belgrade), Shakespeare: Sonnets (National Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia), Melancholic Dreams of Count Sava Vladislavich (National Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia), Le conevinienz e edinconevinienze teatrali (Croatian National Theatre in Rijeka, Croatia), Cavalleria rusticana (Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad, Serbia), Il barbiere di Siviglia (Vrnjačka Banja Summer Festival, Serbia), Viva la mamma (Israeli Center of Exelence, Jerusalem, Israel), Pyramus and Thisbe  (Israeli Center of Excellence, Jerusalem, Israel), La serva- padrona (National Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia), Fledermaus (Israeli Museum of Art, Tel Aviv), The castle of Bluebeard (Belgrade Philharmonic) , Carmina Burana (Sava center, Belgrade, Serbia) , Blasphemy in the Valley of St Florian (Balkan Dance Festival, Coproduction of Bosnia, Serbia, Slovenia), That Crazy Girl (Opera and Theatre Madlenianum in Belgrade, Serbia), The Last Dream of Milutin Milanković (Opera and Theatre Madlenianum in Belgrade, Serbia), Pierrotlunaire (Opera and Theatre Madlenianum in Belgrade, Serbia), The Mysterious Stranger / The Studies of a Wild Gees / The Days of the Paris Commune (Teatro Filodamatika, Rijeka, Croatia), Éloge de l'Amour / Tristan und Isolde  (Teatro Filodamatika, Rijeka, Croatia), Bergman: Autumn Sonata  (Yugoslav Drama Theater, Belgrade), Nella note densa… In the dark night… (National Theater, Belgrade), The Stolen Doll, Far Away From Home, Heroism and Humanism for Children, Grace (cycle of musicals for children- chamber scene, National Theater, Belgrade), Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, Woyzeck by Georg Büchner.

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Aleksandar Ilić, choreographer

Aleksandar Ilić, MA is the first soloist of the ballet of the National Theater in Belgrade, choreographer, poet, and professor at the Belgrade Dance Institute. He was educated at Music School Isidor Bajić, Dobrila Novkov’s Ballet School La Sylphide and Ballet School Lujo Davičo. Aleksandar holds Bachelor in Communications and MA in choreography (scholarship holder of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia).

Ballet Performances: Viva la vida!; Lisbon Story; Holiday of Love; Ballad of the Vagabond Moon and Butler’s Broom; Alice in Wonderland.

Dance performances, installations and performances: Mila Foundation and Pets; Behind the Mirror; My Phobia - Pteronophobia; Dance Theater Ladies; Sava Sumanovic's Dance - Beračice; Reminiscence; Four Poems for Tađa; After the Sonata; Scandal in the Valley of Saint Florian.

Performances for the children: Magical Beans; A Legend About You.

Opera: Melancholic Dreams of the Count Sava Vladisavic; The Magic Flute; Don Giovanni; Maid Mistress; White Rose; Viva la Mamma.

He is the author of books of poems Holiday of Hearts(1999-2010) and At the Presence of Whisper (2013). He is one of founders and president of Association of Professional Ballet Dancers, Choreographers and Ballet Teachers of Serbia and the founder of the Terpsihora Award. He is Editor-in-Chief of Stepart, a magazine for artistic dance.

Awards: National Theater, City of Belgrade, Dimitrije Parlic Prize, Golden Badge of the Cultural Education Community of Serbia and Life Award Filip Višnjić.

Ensamble Barock Vokal

In 2010, Claudia Eder initiated the excellence program Barock Vokal – College for Early Music at the Mainz School of Music. Barock Vokal quickly established itself as a very successful continuing education program in cooperation with Villa Musica, a state foundation of Rhineland-Palatinate.

The one-year program gives young opera and concert singers the opportunity to obtain in-depth experience with “historically informed performance practice”. Under the guidance of internationally renowned artists in residence, the participants master their interpretation skills, thus gaining stylistic confidence with works ranging from the Renaissance to contemporary music. During the various project phases, the young professionals can work with distinguished artists – for instance, Andreas Scholl, Konrad Junghänel, Ton Koopman, Wolfgang Katschner, Michael Hofstetter and Fabio Bonizzoni. The concerts are always highly esteemed by the press and public. A special highlight is a tour with Alfredo Bernardini and the European Union Baroque Orchestra. From November 2016 onwards, Barock Vokal will repeatedly welcome the Japanese conductor Masaaki Suzuki as an artist in residence. Apart from the artistic training, the singers are being encouraged to create a professional network offering them further engagements on the international concert circuit.

Barock Vokal is frequently invited to well-known events such as the Schwetzingen SWR Festival, Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg, the festival Rhein Vokal, the Rheingau Musik Festival and to the opera houses of Frankfurt, Cologne and Wiesbaden as well as the Campo Santo in Rome.

Orchestra New Trinity Baroque

Hailed by the critics as “Atlanta’s most adventurous early music ensemble” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), New Trinity Baroque is recognized as one of the leading early music ensembles today. Founded by Predrag Gosta in London in 1998, NTB was initially established as an ensemble of international musicians, and they continue to maintain this presence through collaborations with U.S. and international artists: past soloists include soprano Evelyn Tubb, recorder player Marion Verbruggen, violinists Ingrid Matthews, Florian Deuter, Bojan Cicic and John Holloway, harpsichordist Steven Devine, and others. Each season, the ensemble presents over thirty concerts and educational events in Atlanta and other cities throughout the U.S. and in Europe, performing on period instruments of the 17th and 18th centuries. The group’s repertoire ranges from chamber to orchestral, from cantatas to operas, and its styles from Renaissance to Classical. New Trinity Baroque’s concerts are consistently highly praised. Performances from the past include several Southeastern U.S. and Southern Europe premieres, such as Monteverdi’s “Vespers” of 1610, Handel’s “Gloria”, Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio”, Corelli’s Concerti Grossi, Vivaldi’s “L’Estro Armonico” Concertos, Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater”, Mozart’s “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” and Divertimenti for Strings, as well as operas such as Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas", Monteverdi's "L'Orfeo" and "The Coronation of Poppea", etc. NTB is also an active recording ensemble with almost a dozen CDs to its credit. NTB's members regularly present lectures, educational events and masterclasses. The ensemble was an Affiliate Ensemble at Georgia State University's School of Music since 2003, and the Ensemble-in-Residence at Oxford College of Emory University since 2004. The group is also the Ensemble-in-Residence at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta for over 10 years, which is its main performing venue. New Trinity Baroque has toured England, Finland, Sweden, Serbia and Croatia, appearing at festivals such as Korkyra Baroque, the Belgrade Early Music Festival, Sastamala Gregoriana festival in Finland and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, Sout Carolina.

Ensemble Transitions Dance Company from the Institute for Artictic Dance

The Institute of Artistic Dance is an organizational unit of the Faculty of Engineering Management, where classes of study programs from the artistic program are conducted. The institute was founded by a group of eminent scientists who have gained vocations at world famous universities in Europe and the United States, together with renowned artists from Serbia, with the goal of transmitting the most contemporary world methods achieved in the field of artistic play to future artists in Belgrade and Serbia.

IUI Transitions Dance Company is a dance company created within the Institute of Artistic Arts for individuals with higher education in arts who have at least 180 ECTS points.

At the same time IUI Transitions Dance Company is engaged in education and experimentation to find new forms of choreographic and play vocabulary, and the way of expressing thoughts that choreographers put as a task before the players.

During the past academic years, master's workshops and guest lectures were held by numerous professors, choreographers, pedagogues, performers and ballet masters from around the world. The students of the Institute for Artistic Art were presented independently or in groups within numerous manifestations, festivals, concerts and performances, all over Serbia. The ensemble performed in many renowned halls, among which are the National Theater in Belgrade, the National Museum in Belgrade; Bitef theater; Theater Terazije; Ilija M. Kolarac Foundation.

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