Premil Petrović to Conduct Macbeth at The Quick on Sept. 16 & 17


Premil Petrović to Conduct Macbeth at The Quick on Sept. 16 & 17

The U.S. premiere of Brett Bailey’s radical, live opera Macbeth will be taking the stage at the Quick Center this Sept. 16 and 17, 2016, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

The opera will be performed live by an ensemble of ten South African opera singers accompanied by local musicians from the renowned Greater Bridgeport Symphony led by conductor, Premil Petrović .

In 1996, Petrović founded the music theater in Cinema REX - one of Belgrade’s most important, politically active venues during the 1990s.  He lives in Berlin, conducts different orchestras worldwide and appears in international festivals across the globe.

Two years ago, Petrović worked with director Brett Bailey on the new postcolonial production of Macbeth in Cape Town, South Africa, which was given four stars and dubbed “astonishing” by Britain’s The Telegraph . Since 2014, the opera has been performed at some of the most important festivals in Europe and received rave reviews on Wiener Festwochen in Vienna, Festival d´Automne in Paris, Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, Operadagen in Rotterdam, Theaterformen in Braunschweig, in Barbican in London, Kampnagel in Hamburg, Lisbon, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Brisbane Festival, Auckland Festival etc.

Petrović is also initiator, chief conductor and artistic director of No Borders Orchestra , an ensemble of classical musicians from former Yugoslavia whose mission is to contribute to overcoming the stereotypes of nationalism, racism, xenophobia and homophobia by artistic excellence in classical music.

To watch videos, see production photos, learn more about the artists, and order tickets for the U.S. Premiere of Macbeth , please visit or call the Box Office at 203-254-4010 or toll-free 1-877-254-4010.

Macbeth's Engaging Events :

Explore Macbeth with upcoming free artist talks, lectures and panel discussions surrounding this production that are open to the public.

September 14, 12 p.m. — 1 p.m. The Quick
Panel Discussion

Verdi's Macbeth – an in-depth look at the score and performance of Verdi's Macbeth with Conductor Premil Petrovic, Classical expert Dr.Orin Grossman and members of the cast. RSVP by e-mailing the Box Office at

September 14, 5 p.m. Walsh Art Gallery at The Quick
Artist Talk

Artist Talk with Rick Shaefer and innovative South African playwright Brett Bailey, whose new work in progress, The Raft, is also a response to the current refugee crisis and, like Shaefer’s pictorial series, finds inspiration in Gericault’s haunting Raft of the Medusa. Moderated by Peter Van Heerden. FREE and open to the public but pre-registration is requested. RSVP online at

September 15, 5 p.m. – The Quick
Artist Talk

Macbeth and Third World Bunfight’s Place in the Global Arena with Artistic Director Brett Bailey, Dr. Terry-Ann Jones, Dr. Martha S. LoMonaco, and other Fairfield faculty. Moderated by Peter Van Heerden. RSVP by e-mailing the Box Office at

Sept. 17, 7 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. Wien Experiemental Theatre at The Quick
Macbeth Performance Pre–talk

Tales of darkness shot through with light : Brett Bailey and Third World Bunfight with Dr. Megan Lewis, assistant professor of theater history and criticism, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Dept of Theater. RSVP by e-mailing the Box Office at

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