Opera Divas at The Church of Saint Blaise Dubrovnik

Opera Divas Church of St. Blaise

Four Opera Divas performed at the Church of Saint Blaise last night. They were fantastic!! The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra String Quintet and pianist Alberto Frka accompanied them in a concert to honor St. Blaise. They sang songs by Croatian composers Pejačević and Jusić as well as Saint-Saëns, Rossini, Bellini, Gounod, Bach, and Mozart! The String Quintet played Haydn’s “Serenada” and it was lovely!

Alberto Frka Pianist – evarasdin.hr

Tanja Ruzdjak Soprano – kiklop portfolio

The church is small and I had no idea what to expect but arrived about 30 minutes before the performance. There were maybe 300 people and few if any tourists except me. It was a very special experience! The concert ended with the “Himna Sv Vlaha” – Hymn of St. Blaise – and everyone stood to sing it.

Altar St. Blaise Church

Jelena Stefanic Soprano – truelinked

The four divas had stunning voices:

Đelo Jusić Composer, Conductor, Guitarist – dubrovačke ljetne igre

Dora  Pejačević Composer, Pianist, and Violinist – croatia.org

I’m sad to have missed the Klapa Vocal Group Festival in Marin Drzic Theater the day before. Popular klapa groups like Maestral, Folklore Ensemble Lindo, Kumpanji, and Osjak performed. Klapa singing is a “multi part cappella homophonic singing tradition of the southern Croatian regions of Dalmatia”.

St. Blaise Festival concerts are minimally advertised by flyers posted throughout Dubrovnik. There was confusion about some of the dates and times. Luckily, I double checked on the Opera Divas concert and found out it was not on the day shown in the flyer. The charitable aspect of the festival is for the Anti-Cancer League and renovation of the Church of Saint Blaise

Terezija Kusanović Mezzo-Soprano – bbimagehandler

It was a memorable evening in Dubrovnik!

St. Blaise – Total Croatia News

Salzburg Mozart Concert

St. Peter Stiftskeller Baroque Hall

St. Peter Stiftskeller Baroque Hall

The Mozart Concert last night was impressive. The music was performed beautifully by a string quintet (bass, cello, viola, and two violins) and a lively soprano, tenor duo. They performed for about 1.5 hours in an intimate candlelight environment in St. Peter Stiftskeller Baroque Hall.

Salzburg

Steven Siller Cemetery at St. Peter_s Abbey Salzburg

The concert included highlights of Mozart’s operas and arias, including “duettos” from “Don Giovanni”, “The Marriage of Figaro”, and “The Magic Flute”. The string quintet performed movements from Mozart’s instrumental works like “A Little Night Music”.

Wals-Siezenheim

Salzburg Austria

Salzburg Austria

I shared a dinner table with six people – two sets of mothers and daughters – one from Canada and one from Ohio, and a couple from Hamburg, Germany. They were good company and we enjoyed the music and talented performers. The three-course meal was delicious but not fancy. The monastery must benefit nicely by hosting the dinner concerts. The forte of the evening was the environment and listening to Mozart’s music being played so flawlessly.

Salzburger Dom Cathedral

Salzburger Dom Cathedral

Salzburg is a fantastic European city! Wish I were spending more time here. The best way to see the city during the daytime is by foot or bicycle. At night the pace is much slower and it’s very beautiful when the large old buildings along the river light up!

Monastery of St. Peter

Monastery of St. Peter

The best time to enjoy Salzburg is at dusk when the sky softens and the atmosphere is soft and relaxed. The weather today was overcast and cool – a welcome change from the heat in Budapest. The dinner concert began at 8:00 pm and I passed through the Old Town maze early enough to avoid a rush.

Salzburg

At about 6:45 I was sitting in an outdoor café near St. Peter Monastery when the cathedral bells began tolling and continued non-stop for 10 minutes.  It was so beautiful and really clarified why Central Europe is such a special place!

Monastery

Monastery

I feel fortunate to be able to get out of my comfort zone to visit foreign countries and enjoy life from a fresh perspective. Will probably get into the casual swing of European life just as it’s time to return to Oregon.

Salzburger Dom Cathedral

Salzburger Dom

Leaving for Vienna early tomorrow morning and then to Ceské Budějovice and Český Krumlov in the southern part of the Czech Republic. The final (maybe) stop is Prague.