Saturday, October 24, 2009

Nikola Subic Zrinjski -- Unknown Croatian Opera Finale

Almost totally unknown Croatian opera by Ivan Zajc, Nikola Subic Zrinjski, tells a story about one of the most heroic albeit tragic episodes in that small nation's history. After 3 days of defending the city walls most Croats died. Zrinski led a force of 600 soldiers out of the burning walls against 80,000 Turks. 24,000 Turks died in the final battle. But Turkish Suleiman died just before the last charge of Zrinski!! If Croats would have waited only a day or two (it was impossible to sustain the siege due to lack of food and water so Croats decided to die in a final battle, taking as much enemies they were able to take with them) they most likely would survived because Turks withdrew after Suleiman's death!!

A beautiful opera, mostly adored in, interesting enough, Japan. As a curiosity here you may find 1,000 Japanese sing this same aria!!