Published on August 3rd, 2012 05:39 AM
Luiz Gazzola met in Prague, Czech Republic, opera composer and conductor Marko Ivanović for an in-person interview. [Opera Lively interview # 53] The 37-year-old composer appears much younger than his stated age, in looks and enthusiasm. He is currently experiencing enormous success in his homeland, thanks to sold out performances and raving reviews of his new opera Enchantia. An acquaintance put Almaviva in touch with Mr. Ivanović with virtually no time to research and plan for the interview questions so this one has more of a conversational tone.
Mr. Ivanović gave to Almaviva a copy of the DVD of Enchantia, together with an English translation of the libretto and some promotional material. Only after the interview Almaviva found the time to watch the opera, which is a pity because the interview questions would have been more complete, had the opera been seen beforehand. But better late than never: it must be said that Enchantia is absolutely brilliant! The creativity of the work is simply amazing, and the music is extremely beautiful. Regrettably there is no way to show a sample of this work here, since it is a non-commercial DVD. But see below on the bottom of this page; we'll at least post a link to a review, a link to the publicity material with several production pictures, and we'll publish separately our own review of it, and place the link here once it is done.