The Slovenia Times

Mix of genres at Ljubljana Festival


The 71st Ljubljana Festival, the largest summer festival in the country, will bring an eclectic mix of performances from 20 June to 3 September. Ballet, opera and classical music remain the mainstay, but they will be interspersed with music for fans of fantasy, rock and musicals.

One early highlight will be ballet choreographer Edward Clug's rendition of Carmina Burana, which premiered to critical acclaim in 2021 and will be performed on 20 June. Another major ballet show is scheduled for 20 July, when the Milan Scala will perform bits of three ballets, the organisers revealed on 12 April.

Classical music performances include the Boston Symphony Orchestra with soloists on 1 September, and the 28 August performance by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra from Amsterdam with award-winning conductor Iván Fischer.

Russian soprano Anna Netrebko is a regular guest at the festival and she will perform on 11 July alongside the tenor Yusif Eyvazov, accompanied by the RTV Slovenija Symphony Orchestra.

Fans of opera will also be treated to a performance of Madama Butterfly put on by the Teatro la Fenice from Venice on 13 and 14 July.

On a lighter note, there will be film scores from the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings series, the musicals Mamma Mia! and The Water Man, and an homage to rock greats Pink Floyd.

The entire festival programme is available here.


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