Soap Opera to be repeated and continued


Last night at the &TD Theater there was literally no place for an extra chair, and after the first complete performance of all five episodes of the Soap Opera many were smiling broadly. When will the next performance be? When will the new season of this soap opera start? These were the questions one could hear after the performance. The composers Mladen Tarbuk, Mirela Ivièeviæ, Zoran Juraniæ, Silvio Foretiæ and Gordan Tudor and the author of the drama template Irena Škoriæ received standing ovations for their work on this project, which was created in co-production between the Cantus Ensemble, the University of Zagreb Student Center's Culture of Change and the Music Biennale. Their success would not have been possible without the excellent Cantus Ensemble conducted by Maestro Ivan Josip Skender, director Dora Ruždjak Podolski and fantastic, dedicated singers who were totally committed to this silly game. These were Gorana Biondiæ, Ivana Srbljan, Miljenko Ðuran and Ozren Bilušiæ.

New proof of the great interest of the Zagreb audience for the Biennale's stage music performances and projects was uncovered later that evening at the Zagreb Dance Center. The composer Tibor Szirovicza, choreographer Zrinka Šimičić Mihanović, dancer Ivana Pavlović and violist Aleksandar Jakopanec presented their joint project-performance a2 there.

Out of yesterday's Biennale day we must also single out the guest performance of the Musikfabrik ensemble that introduced us to the fantastic, mystical and very moving world of the composer Claude Vivier. The conclusion after their performance at the small Lisinski hall could also be turned into a request: we want more!