Baritone Matija Meić is once again a guest of the Zagreb Philharmonic. On Friday, October 13th 2023 at 7.30 p.m., he will perform at the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall as part of the Red Cycle, and the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by Chief Conductor Dawid Runtz.
Matija Meić introduced himself to the Zagreb audience in 2011 as Escamillo from Bizet's opera Carmen in the production of the Zagreb Academy of Music at the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall. He graduated in Zagreb, and later trained in Vienna at the University for Music and Performing Arts. This excellent interpreter is equally successful on the theater and concert stages, and as well as a number of great roles in European theaters, he has also had many successful performances with prominent orchestras - with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, the Belgrade Philharmonic, the Lisbon Gulbenkian Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic Quintet.
Matija Meić has already performed with the orchestra of the Zagreb Philharmonic, and we are happy that on this occasion he will help us celebrate the 210th anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi, the central figure of Italian opera in the 19th century. After the orchestra performs the overture to the opera La forza del destino, Meić will perform the aria Morir! Tremenda cosa… Urna fatale from the same opera, and È' sogno? O realtà? from the opera Falstaff. The program of the concert will include the Lapad sonnets by Boris Papandopoulo to texts by Ivo Vojnović, composed for baritone and strings, and the Zagreb Philharmonic will close the concert with the exquisitely orchestrated and often technically demanding Symphony No. 8 by the versatile Croatian musician Stjepan Šulek.