The second collaboration with the National Opera and Ballet Theater of the Republic of North Macedonia sees Lev’s debut in the direction of Donizetti’s masterpiece Lucia di Lammermoor, for which he also signs the sets and, in collaboration with Marija Pupucevska, the costumes.
Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848) composed about 75 operas plus orchestral and chamber music in a career abbreviated by mental illness and premature death. Most of his works, with the exceptions of the ever-popular Lucia and the comic gems L’Elisir d’Amore and Don Pasquale, disappeared from the public eye after his death, but critical and popular opinion of the rest of his huge opus has grown considerably over the past 50 years. Librettist Salvadore Cammarano (1801–52) also provided libretti for Verdi (Luisa Miller and Il Trovatore). The source for this opera was The Bride of Lammermoor, a novel by Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832).
The opera ensemble was founded before 1947 and premiered on May 9, 1947 with the opera Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni. The ballet ensemble was established in 1949 and premiered on January 27, 1949 with the production “Walpurgis Night”. At that time, both ensembles were part of the Macedonian National Theater.
This model of theatrical organization (drama-opera-ballet, popularly called Austro-Hungarian) was changed in 2004, when MNT retained the drama ensemble, and opera and ballet became a separate organization called the Macedonian Opera and Ballet (MOB). In 2018, the name of the MOB was changed to “National Opera and Ballet” or abbreviated “NOB”.
After the devastating Skopje earthquake of 1963, the MNT together with the Opera and Ballet was initially moved to the “Central Theater” and in the 80’s to a newly built building.
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