Ljubljana Festival 2020
12 June 2020
Press Release, Ljubljana, 2 June 2020
ANNOUNCING THE 68th LJUBLJANA FESTIVAL
In 2020 the Ljubljana Festival reaches its sixty-eighth edition.
At last the time has come for art to return to the stage. Despite the current situation and the measures deriving from it, the principles guiding the festival will, as always, be excellence, creativity and the desire to offer the audience the best possible artistic experience and satisfy even the most demanding cultural enthusiasts.
From 2 July until 30 August, the festival will offer ballet and opera performances, musicals, chamber music and symphonic concerts, plays, the International Fine Arts Colony, the Ljubljana Festival on the Ljubljanica, masterclasses, and workshops for children and youngsters. The consequences of the coronavirus pandemic have caused uncertainty right up until the last moment, so Ljubljana Festival is proud to be able to host at this year’s festival the world-renowned opera singer Anna Netrebko, who is joined by the tenor Yusif Eyvazov for a concert of timeless opera arias, and the charismatic Jonas Kaufmann with a concert of stunning arias for tenor. Other highlights of the programme include: the opening concert featuring Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Third Piano Concerto with pianist Dubravka Tomšič Srebotnjak and conductor Charles Dutoit, a jubilee concert marking the ninetieth birthday of pop composer Mojmir Sepe, the operettas Countess Maritza and Die Fledermaus, the ballet triptych Falling Angels, the opera Nabucco, the chamber orchestra I Solisti Veneti, violinist Lana Trotovšek and pianist Maria Canyigueral with a performance of Beethoven’s complete violin sonatas, the premiere of the musical Lolita by the St Petersburg theatre company LDM Novaya Scena, the closing concert by Milan’s famous Filarmonica della Scala orchestra, and many more besides. Particular attention will be devoted to the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, who is even more present in this year’s programme than usual.