A performance of Nikola Šubić Zrinski at the Croatian National Theater in Osijek in 2012 (Photo: Davor Javorovic/PIXSELL) A performance of Nikola Šubić Zrinski at the Croatian National Theater in Osijek in 2012 (Photo: Davor Javorovic/PIXSELL)

The opera, named after Croatian historical figure Nikola Šubić Zrinjski and written and composed by Ivan Zajc in 1876, will be broadcast in real time on the OperaVision platform, a free, live and on-demand service supported by the European Union. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. CET, Saturday, November 2. It will also be available on-demand until May 2020.

“OperaVision is one of the rare global platforms dedicated specifically to opera that is free and on-line, featuring opera houses participating in the project,” said Dubravka Vrgoč, the artistic director of the Croatian National Theater in Zagreb.

Zajc’s patriotic opera retells the story of Nikola Šubić Zrinjski’s daring leadership and heroic sacrifice during the real life Siege of Siget, reads OperaVision’s summary. It is further described as, “Packed with powerful music – including the rousing male chorus ‘U boj, u boj!’ – it has held a treasured place in the Croatian repertoire ever since its wildly successful premiere in 1876.”

Saturday's performance will be conducted by maestro Nikša Bareza.

Viewers can watch live on Opera Vision and later access the performance on-demand at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBTlXPAfOx300RZfWNw8-qg until May next year.