Ancient theatre, Ohrid


The theatre, situated close to the Upper Gate, located in the ancient part of Ohrid, was built by the end ofthe third or at the beginning of the second century BC and had about 4.000 seats. The open-air Ohrid theater has a perfect location: the two hills that surround it keep it protected from winds that could interfere with acoustics during performances.

After the Romanconquest, the theatre was readapted into an arena for gladiator fights andfights with wild beasts. However, since the theater was also a site ofexecutions of Christians by the Romans, it rapidly turned to a highly disliked site by the locals. In fact, as a result of this dislike, the theater was abandoned and buried by the locals after the demise of the Roman Empire. Fortunately, this allowed for most of the structure to be well preserved, only to be uncovered accidentally in the 1980's. After its complex uncovering and reconstruction,various performances are taking place again, after twenty centuries, on the open-air, reconstructed scene of the antique theatre by the beautiful Ohrid Lake. The theatre is a place where many cultural manifestations are held, So far, many world known names have already performed on this magnificent venue such as Dmitry Hvorostovsky, Jessye Norman, Ennio Morricone, Barbara Frittoli, Leo Nucci, BOND, 2 Cellos, etc

Program: Director’s choice of repertoire (2 songs + final song) | 1 hour 30 minutes