The Ohrid Summer Festival, one of the most significant music festivals in the country, will take place once again from 12 July to 20 August at venues around Ohrid.
There will be music for all levels of sophistication and a wide variety of tastes. Many classical music concerts and recitals will take place in a traditional venue considered the heart of the festival, St. Sophia Church. A series of concerts targeting a wider audience will take place at the Antique Theatre.
The 52th Ohrid Summer Festival will commence with the theatre oratorio Romeo and Juliet, produced by the National Institute Ohrid Summer Festival and the National Institution People’s Theatre – Bitola, with participation by the Macedonian Opera and Ballet, the Vera Komissarzhevskaya Theatre from St Petersburg – Russia and the People’s Theatre – Ohrid.
Romeo and Juliet is a theatre oratorio bringing together various arts, including theatre, opera, ballet, and music, in one exciting entertainment event. Ballet dancers, orchestra, choir, opera singers and acrobats will work in concert to create an enchanting retelling this classic tale of star-crossed lovers. For interested technicians, this production marks the first use of 3D cinema technology for set design in the region.
Just as in the past couple of years (except for the jubilee 50th anniversary retrospective theme), one goal of the programme is to include as many new artists as possible who have not yet appeared at the Ohrid Summer Festival. The organizers promise many renowned foreign ensembles and soloists who will be performing in Macedonia for the first time. Included among them are the unique and irreplaceable Dominican pianist and composer Michel Camilo, the Russian violin virtuoso Ilya Gringolts, and the inimitable cello virtuoso, Italian maestro Enrico Dindo.
Another spectacular event scheduled within the festival is the arrival of Perpetuum Jazzile from Slovenia which will perform in the Ancient Theater on 4 August, the festival’s birthday. This ensemble is the world’s biggest attraction with rich repertoire that consists of classical compositions, gospel music, swing, jazz and funk.
If you fancy good music, or happen to be in Ohrid during that time, make yourselves part of this refreshing, culturally uplifting event: It will do your soul good.
Directorate of the Ohrid Summer Festival
4 Makedonski Prosvetiteli Street
Republic of Macedonia
(t) + 389 (0) 46 261 304