Madlenianum Opera and Theatre

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Madlenianum Opera and Theatre
National Theatre Zemun
Address Glavna Street, 32, Zemun
Owner Zepter International
Capacity 524 seats
Opened 26 January 1999
Years active 1999 - present

Madlenianum Opera and Theatre is the first privately owned opera and theater company both in Serbia and in south-eastern Europe.[1] It is located in Belgrade, Serbia, and was founded on 26 January 1999, by Madlena Zepter, wife of the Philip Zepter, Serbian businessman. The name Madlenianum derives from Madlena Zepter's name.


It is situated in the Old city core of Zemun, which is Spatial Cultural-Historical Units of Great Importance of Serbia. The Theatre houses opera, ballet, concert programs, drama and musical repertoire.

Madlenianum was officially founded on 25 December 1997 and it is located in the building that previously housed the second stage of the National Theatre of Serbia. After seven years of work and five different stages of reconstruction, a completely refurbished, reconstructed and conceptually enriched edifice opened its doors to the public on 19 April 2005.


As of February 2013, the following operas, musicals and plays outside of the standard repertoire were produced at the Madlenianum.[2] Premieres marked with "*" are still in the repertory.

Name Author, Composer,
Premiere In repertory
to date
Opera Il matrimonio segreto Domenico Cimarosa 1999
Orpheus in the Underworld Ballet by Krunislav Simić 1999
Opera The Rape of Lucretia Benjamin Britten 1999
Opera Il signor Bruschino Gioachino Rossini 2000
Opera Die Kluge Carl Orff 2000
Opera The two widows Bedřich Smetana 2001
Nijinsky - Golden bird Ballet by Krunislav Simić 2001
Liederabend Gustav Mahler, Ballet by Duška Sifnios and Vladimir Logunov 2002
Triptych Ballet by Ramón Oller 2004
Tesla Miloš Crnjanski 2005
Icy Firefly Vladan Radoman 2005
Opera The tales of Hoffmann Jacques Offenbach 2005
Don Quixote Mikhail Bulgakov 2005
Prometheus bound Aeschylus 2006
Wolfgang Amadé Ballet by Renato Zanella 2006
Opera Così fan tutte Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 2006
Quartet Ronald Harwood 2006
Frida Kahlo Sanja Domazet 2006
Burlesque on the Greek Andrej Hing 2007
Musical Les Misérables Claude-Michel Schönberg 2007
The Lady from Maxim's (La Dame de chez Maxim) Georges Feydeau 2008
Opera The Diary of Anne Frank Grigory Frid 2008
The bereaved family (Ožalošćena porodica) Branislav Nušić 2008
The Scent of Rain in the Balkans (Miris kiše na Balkanu) Gordana Kuić 2009
Cat on a hot tin roof Tennessee Williams 2009
Opera The Mandrake (La Mandragola) Ivan Jevtić 2009[3]
Wait for me in heaven my love Fernando Arrabal 2010
Opera Rita
Opera Angélique
Gaetano Donizetti
Jacques Ibert
Indian summer Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev 2010
Breakfast at Tiffany’s Truman Capote 2011
Celebrating of love Ballet by Aleksandar Ilić 2011
North fairy tale Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt, Ballet by Staša Zurovac 2011
Greta Garbo’s secret (Tajna Grete Garbo) Miro Gavran 2012
Two Serbian ballets Ballad of the stray moon
Two Serbian ballets The vallet's broom
Dušan Radić, Ballet by Aleksandar Ilić
Miloje Milojević, Ballet by Aleksandar Ilić
Musical Rebecca Michael Kunze, Sylvester Levay 2012
Opera for kids Kopriva, kopriva Milan T Ilić 2013

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Coordinates: 44°50′44″N 20°24′39″E / 44.84556°N 20.41083°E / 44.84556; 20.41083