Jakov Gotovac: “Ero the Joker”
Comic Opera in three acts
As one of the most important composers of the former Yugoslavia, Croat Jakov Gotovac wrote Ero the Joker, which was already enthusiastically recieved at its premiere in 1935 at the Croatian National Theatre and then became a kind of Croatian national opera. With more than 700 performances, Ero the Joker is still part of the repertoire of the Zagreb opera house and is regularly on the schedule. In Germany, however, this comic opera brimming with musical wit has to be assigned the status of a rarity. Gotovac brings a folk character to the stage that has appeared in many stories and legends. Here we hear music full of lyrical and witty moments and with magnificent arias and choral numbers. The lead solo roles are sung by native speakers of Croatian.
Valentina Fijačko Kobič, soprano – Đula, Marko’s daughter from his first marriage
Jelena Kordič, mezzo-soprano – Doma, Marko’s second wife
Tomislav Mužek, tenor – Mića, named Ero
Ljubomir Puškarič, baritone – Sima, the miller
Ivica Čikeš, bass – Marko, a rich peasant
Suzana Češnjaj, soprano – A young shepherd
Croatian Radio Television Choir
Luka Vukšić, chorus master
Munich Radio Orchestra
Ivan Repušić, direction
February 2020, Coproduction with BR-KLASSIK
2 CDs, cpo 6096029
* Ero der Schelm also played a trick on us when we first released the CD: Inadvertently wrong life dates from Jakov Gotovac were printed on the back of the cover.