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Andrej Rozman Roza, Davor Božič

Nero

Original title: Neron

First production
Pop-rock opera

Director

Matjaž Zupančič

Opening night

14 March 2009
Main Stage

Duration:

135 minutes

Writer, actor, and playwright Andrej Rozman Roza is one of Slovenia’s most original and prolific contemporary authors. His libretto for the pop-rock opera Nero was inspired by the treasury of world history – by Ancient Rome, the basis for nearly all subsequent political models and template for the problems of rulers and subjects even today.

The story of Nero, one of Rome’s most notorious emperors, is both entertaining and cruel. It is reflected in modern times, in which the only thing people seem to care about, besides politics, are celebrities. And even celebrities seem to be appreciated primarily for their boldness and notoriousness rather than for talent or achievements. After careful research, Roza decided he had found in Nero a perfect example of a ruthless autocrat with high »artistic« aspirations. Roza’s Nero (like the real Nero) does not care as much about ruling as he does about his popularity and approval by the masses. He is certain of his numerous talents and thirsty for boundless glory and fame. His teacher Seneca reproaches him, saying that he unscrupulously abuses his power and debases social values and norms. Seneca suggests that in his artistic enthusiasm Nero is losing his sense of reality, behaving ruthlessly, literally stepping over dead bodies—even of those closest to him. Politics, art, sex, power, megalomania, madness, parties and executions all intertwine in this “historical” opera. As with all tyrannies, we find rulers surrounded by countless flatterers while victims die. Nero wishes to destroy everything in order to rebuild it, to make it grander and more beautiful, and, especially, to create a monument to himself. His striving for tragedy as the ultimate art form results in a cruel, tragicomic, ironic, humorously condensed lecture about the downfall of a dynasty. Yet another historical tale from which we learn nothing.

The music for Nero was composed by Davor Božič, a young musician and singer, and the author of numerous compositions including musicals and music for television and films.

Creators

Creative team

DRAMATURG

Darja Dominkuš

Drama Igralec: Darja Dominkuš | odpri ustvarjalca

SET DESIGNER

Alen Ožbolt

Drama Igralec: Alen Ožbolt | odpri ustvarjalca

COSTUME DESIGNER

Bjanka Adžić Ursulov

Drama Igralec: Bjanka Adžić Ursulov | odpri ustvarjalca

CHOREOGRAPHER

Tanja Zgonc

Drama Igralec: Tanja Zgonc | odpri ustvarjalca

LANGUAGE CONSULTANT

Barbara Korun

Drama Igralec: Barbara Korun | odpri ustvarjalca

COMPOSER AND MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Davor Božič

Drama Igralec: Davor Božič | odpri ustvarjalca

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Andrej Hajdinjak

Drama Igralec: Andrej Hajdinjak | odpri ustvarjalca

Cast

Janez Hočevar

Annaeus Seneca

Polona VetrihDrama Igralec: Polona Vetrih | odpri igralca

Agrippina

Maša Kagao Knez

Acte

Nika Rozman, Vito Weis, Gregor Luštek, Maša Kagao Knez, Klemen JanežičDrama Igralec: Klemen Janežič | odpri igralca

Chorus

Roman Ratej (drums), Janez Hace (bass guitar), Andrej Pekarovič, Uroš Usenik (classical guitar & acoustic guitar), Jure Koncilja (electric guitar), Davor Božič (keyboards), Rok Zgonc, Žiga Cerar, Jerneja Pačnik, Barbara Rajevič (violin), Vanja Ivankovič (flute), Eva Tušar Suhadolc (oboe), Maja Burger (French horn), Miha Kadunc (trombone), (trumpet). Choir: Jernej Malik, Jure Bizjak, Matija Vodopivec, Tina Gačnik, Eva Knafec, Maja Brank

Musicians

Jernej Malik, Jure Bizjak, Matija Vodopivec, Tina Gačnik, Eva Knafec, Maja Brank

Chorus

Awards

2010

Andrej Rozman Roza – Prešeren Fund Award (also) for the libretto for the pop-rock opera Nero

Festivals

2010

Days of Comedy Festival in Celje

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