10 July – 25 August 2013
The bustling walled city of Dubrovnik hosts its spectacular, one of the oldest European festivals – the Dubrovnik Summer Festival – presenting rich and vibrant theatre, ballet, opera, classical music, jazz, fine arts, film and folklore in its program. The ambience and the city, a unique meeting place for the world’s and Croatia’s finest artists, remains the basic feature of the forthcoming 64th Festival. Many top solo artists, chamber ensembles and orchestras from all around the world will be performing this year in remarkable historical squares, palaces, churches, gardens and streets of the Renaissance-Baroque city of Dubrovnik.
Over the years, the music program has hosted many of the world’s finest conductors, orchestras, choirs and soloists – including the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Herbert von Karajan and the Israeli Philharmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta, and also Sviatoslav Richter, Vladimir Ashkenazy, David Oistrakh, Monserrat Caballé and more recently Ramon Vargas, Inva Mula, Leo Nucci, Daniel Barenboim and many others. Greatest names of jazz – such as Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington and Jacky Terrasson – have also appeared on the Festival stages.
Although very diverse, the Festival’s theatre program is famous worldwide for the productions of Shakespeare’s Hamlet on Lovrjenac Fort. It is a common belief that that magical stage has crowned the Danish prince and that the spirit of Hamlet’s father inhabits the Fort. Here, Hamlet has been played by Daniel Day Lewis, Derek Jacobi, Rade Serbedzija and Goran Visnjic among others.
The Festival is a major feature of the modern Dubrovnik, because it amalgamates in a perfect way the great historic and cultural tradition with modern, everyday life.
“Dubrovnik is the city of poets and a poet city. Dubrovnik is the city of wonders. Born on the shores that are the cradle of mankind. Like Aphrodite it emerged from the rocks of the sea, form Heraclitus fire rhythmically extinguished and rhythmically burning again; the Mediterranean is its link with the continents, other civilizations and nations. Incomparable Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik is an authentic climate of the human spirit. The city made of stones and dreams.” – J.K.