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September 2022, Belgrade


Rossi Fest Summer Opera Academy aims to present and promote opera to local and international audiences and contribute to the education of young opera professionals. The second edition of the Rossi Fest Summer Opera Academy will be opened by a pioneering event in Serbia, a hybrid between the urban pop culture and opera, happening on the barge 20/44  - a performance of Puccini's one-act Il Tabarro, and a DJ set.


Since the development of the necessary professional skills for modern young opera artists is one of the festival's priorities, this Summer Opera Academy will offer young singers a master class with conductors Adi Bar Soria and Stefan Zekić, as well as a round table on the modern opera business with Serbian and world-renowned opera singer, Sanja Anastasia.


Artistic team:

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Stefan zekić
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Ana Grigorović
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Adi Bar Soria
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Srboljub Dinić



Rossi Fest & Opera Lab production

September 1st, Barge 20/44


    Giacomo Puccini’s one-act opera Il Tabarro revolves around a love triangle amongst harbor workers, without opportunities or a bright future. This opera is considered to be a masterpiece of verismo style with its musical dramaturgy that includes a vast palette of documentary sounds of life on the river banks. This hyper-realistic approach aims to paint a location unintended for an upper-class opera audience.

            Rossi fest and Opera Lab’s production approach this classic with respect to its verismo style, performing on an authentic cargo ship on the river Sava. Boat club 20/44 is a legendary venue of Belgrade nightlife. Known for its concept of broadening the borders of freedom and conventions it is in line with our values and artistic concept.

A contemporary take on this classical piece raises the questions of the visibility of different classes in the system and the concept of freedom regardless of class affiliation. Il Tabarro reveals human urges and aspirations to rebel against the concept of reality.

Site-specific performance of Il Tabarro is a pioneering initiative in Serbia. It presents a big step in examining the potential of presenting the opera genre and creating a new audience.

Director – Ana Grigorović

Conductor – Stefan Zekić

Scenic design – Dunja Kostić

Light design – Ana Grigorović

Graphic Design - Katarina Mrčela

Michele, a barge-owner: Vuk Zekić

Giorgetta, Michele's wife: Evgenija Jeremić

Luigi, a stevedore: Marko Živković

La Frugola, Talpa's wife: Nataša Rašić

Talpa, a stevedore: Mihailo Šljivić

Tinca, a stevedore: Đorđe Nenić

Song Seller: Luka Lazarević

Lovers: Sara Ristić and Luka Lazarević


The Baruch Brothers choir:

Maša Nedeljković, Mlijana Zekić, Ivana Jovanović, Jelena Zekić, Teodora Trajković,

Danilo Trajković, Milutin Svirac, Nenad Savić, Zoran Stepanović i Vladimir Atlagić


Chamber orchestra:

Violin: Vesna Jansens

Violin: Aleksandra Dimitrijević

Viola: Mirko Crnojević

Cello: Jasmina Vrbanić

Bassi: Boban Stošić

Flute: Jelena Španović

Oboe: Viktor Isaković

Clarinet: Mihailo Samoran

Bassoon: Ana Đorđević 

First horn: Igor Lazić

Second horn: Gordana Stojnić

Trumpet: Jovan Savić

Trombone: Ivan Jovanović

Percussions: Aleksandar Radulović

Hair and makeup: Marija Todorović

Title operator: Emina Ukić

Light rental: Fast Forward 011

Opera Lab

Opera Lab was founded with the aim of examining the limits of operatic art in the public space and attracting a new opera audience. By researching the genre through actualization and deconstruction of classical opera pieces and the exploration of contemporary pieces through ambiental and site-specific productions, a new space is formed for an alternative opera scene. The initiative of Opera Lab is the first of its kind in Serbia and is extremely important for the development and modernization of musical theater in the country and region. Opera Il tabarro performed on the boat 20/44 is the first project of the association.

Tickets can be purchased in Vulkan bookstores or through the website


Gala concert

September 4th, 2022, National Theater in Belgrade

As the Summer Opera Academy also follows the main theme of Rossi Fest, the program of the Gala concert, happening on the European Day of Jewish Culture on the Raša Plaović stage at the National Theater in Belgrade, will consist of a repertoire composed of attractive opera and classical instrumental music nummers, written by Jewish composers or with topics related to Jewish culture.


Jewish chamber orchestra

Baruch Brothers choir

Participants of the Summer Opera Academy



Verdi, Sen Sans, Ofenbach, Lewandowsky, Cohen

Entrance to the Gala is free, however complementary tickets are needed in order to attend the concert and can be collected at the ticket office of the National Theater in Belgrade from September 1st, 2022.

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