Mladen Sabljić

He was born in Mposanska Gkrantiska, Serbia (former Yugoslavia), in 1921 or 1923. He studied music at the Academy of Belgrade and stage directing at the Theatrical Art Institute of Moscow. He was the first director of the Belgrade Opera and the artistic director for many years and managed to establish the institution and define its aesthetics. He also taught Stage Education. He successfully staged many works in Rome, Dublin, Barcelona, Scotland, Monte Carlo and Athens. In 1962 he directed for the Scottish Opera Mussorgsky’s Khovanschina, Massenet’s Don Quichotte, The Love for Three Oranges and Prokofiev’s The Gambler. He also directed many operas in international festivals such as the Festival of the Nations (Paris) and the Hamburg, Florence, Venice and Wiesbaden Festivals. Between 1960 and 1997 he was regularly invited and directed for the Greek National Opera fifteen operas, mainly from the Russian repertoire, such as: Eugene Onegin (1965-66, 1972-73, 1973-74, 1976-77, 1996-97), Boris Godunov (1959-60, Ηρώδειο 1963-64, 1976-77), Khovanschina (Olympia Theatre, 1960-61), Prince Igor (Olympia Theatre, 1961-62), Queen of Spades (1962-63, 1965-66, 1974-75, 1979-80, 1980-81, 1982-83), Faust (Herodion, 1962-63), The Freeshooter [Die Freischütz] (1963-64), Ernani (1963-64, 1969-70), Aida (1963-64), The Love for Three Oranges (Prokofiev) (1966-67), Moses in Egypt [Mosè in Egitto] (Herodion, 1960-61), Werther (1968-69, 1972-73), La forza del destino (Herodion, 1969-70), The Pearl Fihers [Les pêcheurs de perles] (1972-73, 1973-74, 1974-75), Don Quichotte (1986-87), Otello (1989-90), The Barber of Seville [Il barbiere di Siviglia] (1990-91). The operas he directed saw many revivals while many of them were world premieres for the GNO. // Last update of the biography: December 2015 - The list of productions below is continually updated.