Traditional New Year’s Gala Concert Takes Place on the Main Stage

Traditional New Year’s Gala Concert with participation of the Opera ensemble (soloists, Choir and Orchestra) and the Ballet ensemble of the National Theatre in Belgrade took place on the Main Stage on 13th January under the batons of Zorica Mitev Vojnović, Ana Zorana Brajović and Đorđe Stanković.

For over two and a half decades, it has been a tradition for the audience to celebrate the arrival of New Year according to Julian calendar, which was the case this year as well.

In the hall filled to capacity, the spectators had the opportunity to enjoy popular arias, duets, quartets, choir pieces, etc, from the rich opuses of greatest composers – Johann Strauss, Gaetano Donizetti, Franz Lehar, Giacomo Puccini, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gioachino Rossini, Georges Bizet, Giuseppe Verdi…

The programme featured themes from operetta The Bat, operas Don Pasquale, The Cloak, Adriana Lecouvreur, Samson and Dalilah, Rigoletto, The Merry Widow, Don Giovanni, The Barber of Seville, Carmen, Turandot, etc, followed by well-known Neapolitan songs Mamma and O Sole Mio, as well as selection of scenes from ballet performances of Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty.

Finale of the New Year’s Gala Concert featured melodies by two renowned Yugoslav composers – Final Kolo Dance from comic opera Ero from the Other World by Jakov Gotovac, followed by famous Serbian march To the Drina by Stanislav Binički.

The following principals and soloists of the Opera of the National Theatre in Belgrade participated in the programme – Vladimir Andrić, Dragoljub Bajić, Miodrag D. Jovanović, Aleksandra Angelov, Snežana Savičić Sekulić, Janko Sinadinović, Željka Zdjelar, Ivanka Raković Krstonošić, Nevena Bridgen, Ljubodrag Begović, Aleksandra Stamenković, Dragutin Matić and Ljubica Vraneš, as well as principal dancer of the Ballet, Jovan Veselinović, and soloists Tatjana Tatić, Ljiljana Velimirov, Maja Stojakov and Milena Ogrizović.

Lebanese tenor, Bechara Mouffarej, performed as a special guest in the concert.

The delighted audience cordially applauded to all performers in this spectacular artistic event directed by Ivana Dragutinović Maričić.

Vesna Jansens was the Concertmaster.

The traditional New Year’s Gala Concert has been taking place on the 13th January every year since 1993.
M.B.