Croatian librettist, playwright and director Selma Dimitrijevic makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season translating and adapting the text for Handel’s Berenice in the Linbury Theatre.
Dimitrijevic has been commissioned as a writer by companies including 7:84, The Traverse, Greyscale, Theatre Royal Bath, Northern Stage, Dundee Rep, Oran Mor and Croatian National Theatre. Her plays, which include Gods Are Fallen And all Safety Gone, The Gamblers, A Prayer, Night Time, Game Theory and Re:Union, have been performed in the UK, Canada, the USA, Australia, Sweden, Russia, Ukraine and Croatia. She also specializes in radical adaptations of classic texts, including a recent adaptation of Hedda Gabler for Northern Stage. Her Dr Frankenstein has toured widely in the UK and is currently being adapted into a film. Dimitrijevic also wrote the libretto for Emily Howard’s operas To See the Invisible, which had its premiere at Aldeburgh Festival in 2018, and the short opera Zatopek!, which was given its premiere at the Southbank Centre as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. She has translated novels by authors including Salman Rushdie, Roddy Doyle, Zadie Smith, Dave Eggers and Monica Ali into Croatian.
Dimitrijevic is the Artistic Director for Greyscale, and has directed works including Hedda Gabler, The Gamblers, Gods Are Fallen And all Safety Gone, A Beginning, a Middle and an End and Harmless Creatures for the company. She has also directed for companies including the Almeida, Northern Stage and Oran Moor, and at the Shaw Festival, Canada. She has worked as a dramaturg in Scotland, for NT Studio and in Croatia, and on Sting’s large-scale musical The Last Ship.