Jakov Gotovac

Ero the Joker (Ero s onoga svijeta)

Opera in three parts, in Croatian with Hungarian and English surtitles
In September of 2018, the Carpathian Homeland Opera Tour was extended to include a new final stop in Zagreb, where there was a traditional theatre building ready to greet us instead of an athletic facility, allowing us to stage Ferenc Erkel’s opera Hunyadi László and Ronald Hynd’s ballet choreographed to the music of Ferenc “Franz” Lehár’s The Merry Widow in considerably more comfort than elsewhere on the road. It is appropriate to return the same opportunity and promise of success, so now, a bit over a year later, the company of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb will be visiting the Erkel Theatre, also for two nights, with a pair of works that are important to them.

As Jakov Gotovac’s most successful and popular work, Ero the Joker has long been considered one of the finest Slavic comic operas. Since its premiere at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb in 1935, it has been almost constantly included in the repertoires of every Croatian national theatre.

Many reviews of productions on foreign stages have held Ero to be the symbol of Croatian opera, the one that brings the songs and dances of its homeland to the world, with text and music impeccably intertwined. The chromatic music, rich orchestration, lively rhythms, and continuously flowing melodic vocal lines are closely tied to the exceptional libretto by Milan Begović, which is full of humorous and witty verses. The main character of the opera and the central figure of the narrative is Mica, a young man from a wealthy rural family in Dalmatinska Zagora. While searching for a wife, he follows his mother’s advice and pretends to be a poor man. He introduces himself to everyone as “Ero from another world”, wishing to be certain that his chosen one, Đula, truly loves him. In spite of the fact that he tricks many people, he is eventually forgiven for everything and gets the girl he loves. The vigorous ballet finale of the opera, with its frenzied tempo, is an ode of sorts to a rural way of life, wherein the music, full of the ethos of the Dalmatian hinterland, swells to prominence. 

World premiere: 2 November 1935, Zagreb
Premiere of this production: 9 May 1992, Zagreb Revival: 12 March 2010, Zagreb

General cast

Gazda Marko
Ivica Čikeš
Sofia Ameli Gojić
Tamara Franetović Felbinger
Mićo (Ero)
Stjepan Franetović
Sima, the miller
Ljubomir Puškarić
The shepard
Ana Zebić Kostel
The boy
Neven Mrzlečki
Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb


Josip Šego
Stage director
Krešimir Dolenčić
Set designer
Dalibor Jenis
Assistant to the Set designer
Ante Serdar
Costume designer
Inga Kostinčer
Costumes renewed by
Dženisa Pecotić
Assistant to the Costume designer of the renewal of costumes
Tihana Cizelj
Vatroslav Krčelić / Margareta Froman
Choreography renewed by
Sonja Kastl
Luka Vukšić
Hungarian and English surtitles
Vjekoslav Babic

March 12, 2010


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