65th Split summer festival – Ero the Joker

August 3rd, 2019
Teresa performed the role of Doma in opera of most famous croatian composer Jakov Gotovac – Ero the joker. Comic opera composed by Jakov Gotovac on libretto of Milan Begovic this summer will be played as part of 65. Split summer festival, August 3rd. This summer  opera played in its most natural environment: on the place from which it originally sprang – Vrlika.
Premiered in the Croatian National Theatre Zagreb in 1935, from its scenic beginnings Ero the Joker was nicely received by the audience while isolated sceptical critics very soon proved to be totally failed judgements. Ero is the most staged and internationally most recognized Croatian opera. Some of its music motives, especially its final Kolo dance “Što na nebu sja visoko – What’s that shining high on heaven”, have often been used and quoted.

 

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The act that Mićo, a rich peasant, changes and pretends to have fallen from the sky, from the other world in order to test nature and devotion of the girl he loves, develops into a whole set of comic situations and plots. A fresh and live stage life pulsates in the opera. People with human virtues and faults live there. This opera is full of beautiful folk songs that Gotovac incorporated in his work with a skill of a great artist. Gotovac and Begović, the libretto writer, found the basis for the opera’s music and text in the folklore of many South Slavic groups, ranging from Dalmatian folklore (the final “Vrlika Kolo” dance) to Kosovo female songs from Gnjilane (opening female chorus “Duni mi, duni, lađane”). Deprived of pathos, full of sparkling satire this opera ranks among the best works of Slavic opera literature.