National Theater In Belgrade Revives First Serbian Opera

By Dejan Vukosavljevic

The National Theater in Belgrade revived the first ever Serbian opera “Na uranku” (“At Dawn”) after a 16 year hiatus.

The opera, composed by Serbian composer Stanislav Binički with a libretto by writer Branislav Nušić had its world premiere in 1903 and has rarely been performed. The new production uses excerpts from Nušić’s plays, stories and texts (“The Deceased,” “Suspicious Person,” “Sali Pič,“ “Cultural Testimony”) throughout.

For this new revival the cast was headed by rising stars soprano Evgenija Jeremić, tenor Marko Živković and baritone Vuk Zekić. The production was directed by Ana Grigorović with a choreography by Miloš Kecman and conducted by Stefan Zekić.

The opera had its revival on Oct. 30, 2019 and is set to run through Nov. 15, 2019.