Open Air Theatre of Opatija

Opatija, this jewel of the Adriatic Sea, with its tradition in tourism of more than 160 years is one of the best known destinations in Croatia. Situated on the eastern rim of the Mediterranean basin, on the coast of the Kvarner Bay, at the foot of the Učka Mountain slopes - winding mildly down to the sea - with its climatic features, breath-taking architecture, fine hotels, manicured parks and promenades, Opatija offers its visitors an excellent opportunity for a pleasant stay all year round.

To make your stay in Opatija filled with exquisite entertainment is the task of the Festival Opatija, an organization instituted by the City of Opatija for the purpose of enhancing the cultural life of its citizens, guests and visitors, that was also entrusted with managing the Open Air Theatre.

The Open Air Theatre is situated on the green 'peninsula' of the well-known Opatija’s 'Angiolina Park', right by the sea. This unique location and its ambiance created by the combination of stone walls and greenery make it the most spectacular and the most beautiful venue of this kind in the Mediterranean. The main stage area can seat 2500, or alternatively offer 5000 standing places, and with the stage of 21x12 meters it is an ideal spot for all kinds of performances, be it music, play or combined art forms, from the classical opera, operetta, ballet and musicals, across contemporary jazz, pop, and rock concerts to many other social happenings of various kinds. The small stage area can seat 600 and with its stage that measures 10x10 meters, apart from being the "little big stage", it gives the audience a much more intimate feeling with a bigger cohesion and interaction among those present. It is ideal for staging smaller formats of dramatic and musical performances.

The location where the Open Air Theatre stands today was originally intended for a much more ambitious project at the beginning of the 20th century - a multipurpose health resort palace (Kurpalast), for which there was a public tender inviting for architectural bids in 1911. The architects Marcel Kammerer, Otto Schönthal and Emil Hoppe drafted a blueprint of a palace with ballrooms for balls and concerts, swimming pool with artificial waves, shops and cafés. Unfortunately, the onset of the World War I disrupted this splendid development of Opatija. After the war was over, by the Treaty of Rapallo from 1920, Istria - with Opatija included - came under the Italian rule and instead of a health resort palace, the Open Air Theatre was built.

It obtained its present form according to the project by the famous Croatian architect, Neven Šegvić, in 1957. Since then, it has been hosting operas, ballets, symphony orchestras, folk-dance performances, concerts and plays.

Festival Opatija never forgets the fact that Opatija, by its tradition and history, has always been the city of festivals and grand happenings.

In 1934, the most famous operatic tenor of his time, Beniamino Gigli, held his concert at the Open Air Theatre.

In 1935, the first international operetta festival, dedicated to the works of Franz Lehar was held there, too.

In 1958, in the close proximity of the Open Air Theatre, in Hotel Kvarner, the first Opatija Festival of Contemporary Light Music was held, soon to become the dominant promoter of popular music that was wholeheartedly embraced by both the audience and the popular-music scene, with the iconic Ivo Robić taking the leading role.

In the period from 1985 onward, the Open Air Theatre of Opatija has been carrying on its tradition of hosting major musical events:

· Concerts by: Seal, Zucchero, Natalie Cole, Joe Zawinul, Randy Crawford, Matt Bianco, Joe Satriani i Adrian Legg, Antonella Ruggiero, Oliver Dragojević, Gibonni, Severina, Đorđe Balašević, Parni valjak, Prljavo kazalište, Bijelo dugme, Daleka obala,...

· Musicals and rock operas performed by Croatian and foreign theatre companies: Jesus Christ Superstar, Gubec Beg, Chicago, Grease, Aida, Jalta, Jalta, Footloose, Full Monty, Maratonci trče počasni krug, West Side Story,...

· Concerts of classical music, opera and other performing-art forms: Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dimitri Kytajenko, Maksim Mrvica, The Russian Cossacks, Nabucco, Rigoletto,...

· Festivals: OMF - Opatija Musical Festival, Liburnia Jazz Festival, Melodies of Istria and Kvarner, Opatijske barufe, Opatija gori, Liburnia Film Festival...

In 2011, the first Musical Festival was held at the Open Air Theatre. Musical, as the most popular form of performing arts today, is a logical continuation of the rich after-war tradition of Opatija festivals of popular music and it carries on this series of festivals.

The venue of the Open Air Theatre can be rented for an appropriate event in the time slots when nothing is scheduled to happen by the Festival Opatija itself, and in such cases this institution also renders complete service of logistical support to the renter.

During spring, autumn and winter, the Festival Opatija takes its program to Centar Gervais.

Ljetna pozornica
Zert bb
HR-51410 Opatija
T +385.51.271.377
T +385.51.711.124
Center Gervais

On Friday, April 28th, 2017., the cultural center Gervais opened its doors for public with the concert of the 'Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc, Rijeka' Opera orchestra, under the guidance of conductor Marco Boemi and with the impeccable performance of soprano Natalia Ushakova.

The construction of the center, 'where culture and congresses meet each other under the Učka mountain', began in September 2015., on the site of the former cinema, which was demolished in order to create space for this new building.

The large foyer and small hall, with the capacity of 300 people, are located on the ground floor. On the first floor you will find big hall with 493 built-in seats, designed for accommodating demanding theatrical and concert productions, but also cinema projections and congresses. In the basement there is a large club space, with separate entrance, which can accommodate 1000 people.

The cultural center Gervais, along with the Open Air Theatre, often reffered as 'the pearl of the Mediterranean' because of its unique architectural structure, symbiosis of lush greenery and natural stone and its location on the 'green peninsula' of the park Angiolina, have brought cultural events back where they have always belonged, in Opatija.

On-line ticket sales:

Tickets presale:

Festival Opatija Zert bb, Opatija (T +385.51.271.377)
Weekdays 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Center Gervais N. Tesle 5, Opatija (T +385.51.588.460)
On the day of the event, box office in the center opens one hour before the show.

Dallas Records Rijeka Splitska 2A, Rijeka (T +385.51.312.221)
Weekdays 9:00 am - 9:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm & 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Robna kuća Korzo, Caffe Bar Nad Urom, 4th floor
Ivan Kobler Square 1, Rijeka (T +385.51.333.338)
Weekdays 8:00 am - 8:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Foto Revija
Užarska 28, Rijeka (T +385.51.315.261; M +385.91.526.04.34)
Weekdays 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

New Sound d.o.o.
Trg maršala Tita 2, Matulji (M +385.
Working hours: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm or upon request.

KD Kostrena
Žuknica 1b, Kostrena
Working hours: Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Friday until 3:00 pm

Istra Sport d.o.o.
Marsovo polje 8, Pula

Hotel Jadran
Primorska cesta bb, Njivice (T +385.51.661.444)
Working hours: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Kamp Njivice
Primorska cesta bb, Njivice (T +385.51.846.168)
Working hours: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Hotel Beli kamik
Primorska cesta bb, Njivice (T +385.51.846.222)
Working hours: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

On the day of the event, box office opens one hour before the start of the program at the venue where the program takes place.

Fine discounts with European Youth Card!

Festival Opatija

Zert bb
HR-51410 Opatija

T +385.51.271.377
T +385.51.711.124
T +385.51.272.840

Festival Opatija is an organization instituted by the City of Opatija for the purpose of enhancing the arts-and-culture life of Opatija and meeting the requirements of its citizens as well as those of its guests and visitors.

Apart from organizing cultural events on their premises, this Institution also rents them out for various purposes and offers services of logistical support in organizing such events related to rental. Festival Opatija reserves the right to change and modify this program and/or some of its parts. The schedule of events published on this website is of purely informative nature and is in no way legally binding for the Festival Opatija.

Festival Opatija
Institution for Organization, Promotion and
Intermediation in Domain of Culture
General Manager: Ernie Gigante Dešković

Bank Account Nr.: HR9623600001101812524
VAT-Nr.: 72755382769


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County of Primorje and Gorski kotar
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Croatian Tourist Board

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