Adaptation by Leonora Surian, directed by Mojca Horvat Leonora Surian, soprano (Nina Filipovna)
Stefano Surian, tenor (Stanly, English butler)
Giorgio Surian Jr., tenor (Larry, American butler)
Giorgio Surian, bass baritone (Grisha, Russian butler)
Igor Vlajnić, piano (Samuel, the pianist)
National Opera champion and world-famous bass baritone Giorgio Surian achieved his fame on the world's top stages, such as La Scala in Milan, The Metropolitan, Staatsoper in Vienna, Arena di Verona, Opera National in Paris, Royal Opera House in London, El Liceu in Barcelona, Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Teatro Real in Madrid, Salzburg Festival. He has worked with some of the top conductors (Claudio Abbado, Carlos Kleiber, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Lovro von Matačić, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Placido Domingo etc.), directors (Franco Zeffirelli, Ugo De Ana, Luca Ronconi, Werner Herzog, Chris Kraus, William Friedkin, Andrei Konchalovsky) and some of the top opera stars. Giorgio Surian has recorded fifteen albums for major labels and ten video operas. Recently he finished his first literary work, a novel for children and youth called Knjiguljica, showing his ability to “infect” those around him with his kindness and his good-heartedness. He also used this ability to “infect” his children with the love of music! After more than 160 bass and bass baritone roles, he now sings the role of Grisha, Russian butler in the adaptation of Milan Grgić and Alfi Kabiljo's famous musical Yalta, Yalta. The adaptation for four actors and piano accompaniment was written by his own daughter, a dramatist and musician Leonora Surian. They are joined by Giorgio’s two sons and Leonora's brothers GiorgioJr. and Stefan, thus realizing a unique project on the Croatian scene!
Milan Grgić’s libretto is based on the historic meeting between Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin in 1945 at Yalta, where they decided to change the map of the world. In the background of these historic events, a stage fight and true division happens between their butlers Grisha, Larry and Stanley, culminating in the division of the Green Meadow, “the best piece of land on Earth,” the “jewel” where “there is no war and no evil.” In a desire to preserve this idyllic corner of the Earth, their host Nina Filipovna brings the three butlers together in peace. Yalta, Yalta was premiered on December 28, 1971. Alfi Kabiljo’s charming music that develops the dramatic thread almost operatically has remained unsurpassed. With their charm, simplicity and naturalness, as well as with optimism and beautiful songs and with very few props and almost no stage scenery, but with magical and inexhaustible energy directed by Mojca Horvat, the Surian family manages to win the audience and make it an essential part of the show.
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