This year’s Festival brings innovation and creation with a fairytale performance of Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream in the stunning Kanli Kula Fortress, chamber music at Forte Mare Fortress, as well as the world premiere in collaboration with ENOA and of the d’Aix-en-Provence Festival – opera Be My Superstar – contemporary tragedy in Dvorana Park, produced by LOD Muziektheater.
Before A Midsummer Night’s Dream there we will be a VIP Cocktail for all sponsors, benefactors, government officials, diplomats, businessmen, and local and international Operosa friends traditionally during sunset at Kanli Kula. VIP Cocktail sponsors are Wine Academy of Montenegro, National Sommelier Association, Wine House Priča, and Palmon Bay hotel, which is also supporting this event.
Also, through Operosa Community program Operosa is involving the local community into their performances and in that way, they are approaching opera to younger generations and allowing young talents to collaborate with international experts.
This year Operosa had a pleasure to do an interview with Operosa Montenegro Opera Festival and Music Director and conductor, Eraldo Salmieri who is the main person in charge of stunning sound by Operosa Montenegro Orchestra. He says “Art is what makes us human” and “Audience has to know that we offer an absolute masterpiece of music” and here you can read more.
Q: What do opera and classical music mean to you?
ES: What makes human beings different than any other creature in this world is the capability to reflect and interpret experience and transform it forms of art. Some of us, for example, great composers, have done it in such a way that their works speak to us all, showing ways to answer questions that we all carry in ourselves, but to which we don’t find evident answers in the so-called normal life. Art defeats darkness and offers access to light, to hope and truth. That is why I decided to serve art, specifically music. Art is what makes us human.
Q: One of the most fascinating aspects of your work must be the challenge of coordinating the output of many musicians. How do you work with them as a team?
ES: Coordination is in the case of an orchestra a technical necessity, but not the goal. It is an instrument to make expression possible and all members of the orchestra should feel involved in this creative process, sharing equally this responsibility together.
Q: What are the crucial criteria in establishing your credibility with the orchestra?
ES: There is no particular method in meeting an orchestra. The orchestra is a kind of organism with its instinct and players just understand very quickly if you are well prepared and have something to transmit that is acceptable musically, something they would not have seen without you, something sincere.
Q: How much individualism can orchestral players afford?
ES: You can be fully individual also if you don’t play always the mainline, in the orchestra, you learn to pay attention to what connects you to the rest of the players. Harmony is made by the union of different tones into a certain musical language. All individuals become a unit. When players understand this the orchestra learns to play properly and the work of the conductor is also to guide players through this process.
Q: With which instruments does the conductor have the most intense working relationship?
ES: With the entire orchestra. That is the instrument!
Q: You collaborated and led with many orchestras around the world and what would you say it is the best thing about Operosa Montenegro Orchestra?
ES: Here I work with very young, but already well-skilled musicians. Each time I enjoy their aim for learning something new and their enthusiasm. It makes my work easier and makes me feel responsible for them.
Q: How would you describe Operosa Montenegro Opera Festival?
ES: The making true of clear and sincere artistic views in an ideal place for meeting talents.
Q: What was your favorite Operosa festival until now and why?
ES: You don’t love one of your children more than another, they are all different and so you prefer them all. Let’s say that now I am more concentrated on the one who needs some help to be born, so I say – A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Q: What can the audience expect from this year A Midsummer Night’s Dream concert at Kanli Kula Fortress?
ES: Audience has to know that we offer an absolute masterpiece of music. This scenic version is rarely performed and the version with the new text adopted on Shakespeare’s play is a world premiere.
Q: What do you love the most about Herceg Novi and Montenegro?
ES: The ancient trees in the old town of Herceg Novi and the mountains, so severe and welcoming at the same time.
Q: What are your future concerts/trips?
ES: Concerts in Gasteig in München and at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt in cooperation with the Pavarotti Foundation in Modena in October with the Thüringer Philharmoniker, in November Pancho Vladigerov Violin Concerto for the celebration of his 120th birth anniversary, again in Germany, together with Stravinsky’s Firebird and La Valse of Ravel.
The world premiere of BE MY SUPERSTAR
- DATE: 21st & 22nd August at 9 pm
- LOCATION: Dvorana Park
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- DATE: 23rd August at 9 pm
- LOCATION: Forte Mare fortress
- TICKETS (Gigstix): http://bit.ly/2OKC1HO
- DATE: 24th August at 9 pm
- LOCATION: Kanli Kula fortress
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Tickets for this year’s festival can be bought through Tobacco S Press shops in Montenegro and online through Gigstix portal (links below). During this event entrance for all under 18 is free.