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Residency of Sara Caneva - Juraj Marko Žerovnik

presented by Piccolo Opera Festival
Participating countries:
  • Croatia
  • Italy
  • Slovenia
  • Music
  • Opera


  • From 01-02-2023 to 16-07-2023


Via Spessa 1
IT 34070 Capriva del Friuli Open location

Project summary

The project creates the opportunity for two young composers (one Italian and one Slovenian) to have a chamber opera performed as a fully staged work. The project will produce a chamber opera in two parts (each of max 40 minutes) with soloists, actor and ensemble of 15 elements. All the creative process will develop from the cities of Gorizia and Nova Gorica's cultural and historical heritage in order to investigate new languages of contemporary musical theatre - the next generation creating a truly borderless cultural and musical ecosystem.


Sara Caneva - Juraj Marko Žerovnik


For reason of space please check Sara Caneva's biography from her website. Juraj Marko Žerovnik was born in 1993 in Rijeka, where he started his musical education. In 2017 he graduated piano and in 2018 composition, both at the Zagreb Music Academy. Žerovnik spent the academic year 2017/2018 in Karlsruhe, Germany thanks to the Erasmus+ student exchange programme. There he made acquaintances with and gathered knowledge from Markus Hechtle, Vito Žuraj and Wolfgang Rihm. Ever since middle school Žerovnik has witnessed a number of performances of his own works, the first among which are Magnificat from 2009 and Allegro molto appassionato for piano trio on his own concert evening in 2011. Žerovnik performed his Concerto for piano and orchestra as a soloist with the Varaždin Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Pavle Dešpalj. The Croatian National Theatre in Rijeka commissioned the piece Ištipana hartija for soloists, choir and symphony orchestra, which was premiered in 2016 under baton of Ville Matvejeff and with soloists Dubravka Šeparović-Mušović and Giorgio Surian. His craft as a composer Žerovnik has been perfected with teachers like Sebastian Themessl, Zeynep Gedizlioğlu and Irvine Arditti. Currently he is working as a teacher, pianist and composer. As of 2022, Žerovnik is pursuing a postgraduate degree in Ljubljana, where he is mentored by Vito Žuraj. Furthermore, he is also working as a teaching assistant at the Music Academy of the University in Pula. His pieces are perfo

Art disciplines:
  • Music
  • Opera

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