64th Ljubljana Festival
Ljubljana Festival, one of the oldest and most important festivals, is in its 64th edition, from 27 June till 13 September 2016, featuring a great number of renowned names.
During almost three months it is going to host established Slovenian and foreign artists in the field music, opera, dance and musicals. It begins on 27 June when Congress Square is hosting the star bass-baritone Erwin Schrott performing operatic arias with the soprano Jaquelina Livieri. Even before the start of the festival the immensely popular musical Mamma Mia! is on the calendar on 17 June followed by the traditional Summer’s Night concert on 21 June. In addition to Erwin Schrott further interesting opera evenings are in store at the Ljubljana Festival with the tenor Piotr Bezcała and two performances of Verdi’s Othello with the famous José Cura and Walter Fraccaro sharing the title role. Beyond the opera events, the summer is going to be strongly marked by notable dance performances. The China National Opera and Dance Drama Theatre is performing the ballet Confucius and the Slovenian National Theatre Opera and Ballet Maribor is staging the ballet Le Corsaire. The flamenco evening Vida! and the dance performance with a Romani vibe Sissi from Budapest will create a more relaxed atmosphere. Returning to the Ljubljana Festival is Boris Eifman’s St. Petersburg State Academic Ballet Theatre with the ballet performance Up and Down which concludes this year’s festival on 13 September. World-famous orchestras and conductors coming to Ljubljana include the London Symphony Orchestra with the conductor Gianandrea Noseda, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam with Danielle Gatti and the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra from China. The festival is also hosting distinguished soloists, namely, pianists Simon Trpčeski and Denis Matsuev, violinists Lana Trotovšek, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Janez Podlesek and Sergei Krylov, and bass Grigory Soloviov. Also on the programme are the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra concert, theatre plays Pylade performed by La MaMa from New York, and the production of the Anton Podbevšek Theatre and the music group Laibach Thus Spoke Zarathustra. The Slovenian audience can see the group at a concert with the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, as well. Also performing are the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, the Russian Folk Dance Ensemble Beriozka, Vlado Kreslin and others.
In addition, the 19th international art colony and creative workshops for children are going to be organised, and for the first time ever some events are going to take place on the Ljubljanica River.
The complete programme of the Ljubljana Festival and other details are available on the website of the Festival.
Sponsors and supporters
It would be impossible to carry out an almost three-month-long programme without the generous support of the City of Ljubljana and the Mayor Zoran Janković for which we sincerely thank them. We are likewise very grateful to all our sponsors and supporters. We also thank the media covering our events and all the visitors.