In Hoc Signo opera premieres in Belgrade

BELGRADE -- The premiere of Don Marco Frisina's opera "In Hoc Signo" ("By This Sign") at the National Theater in Belgrade marked the end of the Edict of Milan celebrations.

(Tanjug)
(Tanjug)

This was the first world premiere of a piece composed by a foreign author in the history of Serbian opera which brought together President Tomislav Nikolić, Serbian Patriarch Irinej, high Church dignitaries and foreign diplomats.

The music for the opera recounting Emperor Constantine's life story from birth to death was composed by Marco Frisina, music director of the Choir of the Pope's Diocese. The opera was commissioned by the Vatican, as part of the joint celebrations of this great jubilee.

(Tanjug)
(Tanjug)

Under the baton of conductor Dejan Savić, the opera ensemble and soloists of the National Theater performed "In Hoc Signo". Dejan Miladinović, a member of the Orthodox Church, wrote the libretto and directed the opera.

Young baritone Marko Kalajanović played the main role, Emperor Constantine, and mezzosoprano Nataša Jović- his wife, Saint Helen, while Suzana Suvaković-Savić had the role of Fausta, Constantine's second wife.

Konstantin Kostjukov choreographed the production. The costumes were provided from the wardrobes of the National Theater in Belgrade, Macedonian Opera and Ballet in Skopje and Opera of the Croatian National Theater based in Osijek.