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Opera / Ballet

Živa Ploj Peršuh is a regular guest in Slovene National Theater Opera Ljubljana, where she has firstly appeared by conducting Strauss’ Salome in 2015.

She then led the new ballet production HeartMeat, by recently awarded choreographers Rosana Hribar and Gregor Luštek.

After that, she was invited to lead new ballet Cacti by Alexander Ekman and continued with Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and Verdi’s Otello. In the same season she toured with Ljubljana Ballet ensemble and performed Swan Lake in Teatro Verdi Trieste with great acclaim.

She then conducted Madama Butterfly and premiered contemporary ballet Symphony of sorrowful songs with music by Gorecki as the homage to late theatre director Tomaž Pandur.

In the season 2017/2018, she also led new Jeroen Verbruggen’s ballet Orphic Hymn (music by Stravinsky: Orpheus, Bach/Saito: Chaconne, Webern: Fuga Ricercata) and was invited again to conduct the new production of Philip Glass’ opera La Belle et la bête and Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

She also led Verdi’s Macbeth in the previous season and stepped in for the Bubeniček brothers’ ballet Dr Zhivago with Brno Philharmonic.


She regularly conducts the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestras of the Slovene National Theatres in Maribor and Ljubljana and the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra.

Internationally, she has conducted in Germany, Italy, Spain, Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Serbia, Croatia, Bosna and Hercegovina, Egypt.

With her Ljubljana International Orchestra with its members from all over the world, she toured in Italy, Serbia, Great Britain and Spain.

Her recent programme to commemorate 100 years of ending the WW1 with works by Casella, Ravel, Osterc, Eötvös and Berio has been awarded by Slovenian and Italian president. It was presented in July 2018 at Ljubljana Festival and Mittelfest Cividale del Friuli.

She also was a conductor of the Symphonic Orchestra of the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music. Before the end of her studies in 2008 she established her own Symphony and Chamber Orchestra Festine, which connected professional musicians with students to compass their experience of the professional level and to provide them with guidance in playing the contemporary music.