Premiere of Children's Opera "Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs"
12 June 2022
The opera-fantasy "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", based on the famous work of the Brothers Grimm, based on which Dragan Karolić wrote the libretto and composed the music, premiered on June 12 on the "Raša Plaović" Stage under the baton of Stefan Zekić and directed by Ana Grigorović.
In this very dynamic and entertaining production, which lasts 45 minutes, the roles were played by Nevena Đoković (Snow White), Jana Cvetković (Queen), Milena Đorđević (Mirror), Stefan Živanović (Prince), Luka Jozić (Huntsman), Miljana Radinović, Milica Damjanac, Iskra Sretović, Sara Ristić, Nevena Milošević, Anastasija Stanković and Vera Zečević (Dwarfs).
This is, at the same time, the premiere of that Karolić's work in Serbia, whose thematic framework of interpretation is based on the impossibility of preserving external beauty.
The queen, obsessed with her own appearance, communicates with her reflection in the mirror, which puts pressure on her to be the most beautiful one. Her conflict with her stepdaughter Snow White arises because Snow White is more beautiful, but also younger than her. The queen is unable to come to terms with her age and beauty, which she cannot preserve despite her huge effort.
The main conflict in the play arises from the relationship between Snow White, the Queen and the Mirror. The women's issue of beauty imposed by the standards of society pervades through the fairy tale and is the main motif of this comedy for children developed as a project of the “Borislav Popović” Opera Studio of the National Theatre in Belgrade.
The first rerun, scheduled for June 19, will feature Milica Damjanac (Snow White), Jana Cvetković (Queen), Strahinja Tričković (Mirror), Stefan Živanović (Prince), Luka Jozić (Huntsman), Miljana Radinović, Nevena Đoković, Iskra Sretović, Sara Ristić, Nevena Milošević, Anastasija Stanković and Vera Zečević (Dwarfs).
Concertmasters are Vesna Janssens/Edit Makedonska, and the orchestra also includes Snežana Dragićević / Uroš Jović (second violin), Aleksandar Popović / Mirko Crnojević (viola), Siniša Jovanović (cello), Miloš Jevtić / Svetozar Vujić (double bass), Vanja Đorđević / Tamara Šutonja (flute), Marija Lazić / Viktor Isaković (oboe), Miloš Dragić / Veljko Klenkovski (clarinet), Miloš Nikolić (bassoon), Gorana Ćurgus / Galyna Kvasnevsky Jakovljević (harp) and Nada Matijević / Milivoje Veljić (piano) .
The set designer is Dunja Kostić, the costume designer is Katarina Grčić Nikolić, and the choreographer is Tamara Antonijević Spasić.