Mourning for mishandled maestro, 86Opera
Croatia’s foremost conductor Nikša Bareza died yesterday at the age of 86.
He was scarcely heard in Zagreb in recent years, blocked by an obdurate intendant at Croatian National Opera.
Bareza was twice head of Zagreb Opera (1965–74 and 2014–2018), permanent conductor at Zurich Opera 1978–81, Generalmusikdirektor in Graz (1981–90) and Chemnitz (2001–2007) and chief conductor of Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra in Zagreb (1992–2010).
He also conducted opera in Munich, Hamburg, Berlin, Vienna (1973-1991), La Scala (1991-2007) and San Francisco.