One act and 14 scenes make up Isidora Žebeljan‘s new opera The Marathon, based on the theatrical text and the screenplay of the film The Marathon Family Runs the Lap of Honour by Serbian director Dušan Kovačevič. The libretto was written by Borislav Cičovački and Milica Žebeljan together with the composer. The work, produced in collaboration with the Neue Oper Wien, will be performed on the 20th August at the Bregenzer Festspiele, with the soloists of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Premil Petrović and with stage direction by Nicola Raab. To confront the rise in the cost of living, the Topalovič family, made up of men from six generations and owner of a funeral parlour, recycle coffins with the help of a poorly paid grave digger. When the head of the family dies suddenly, everybody sets their eyes on the family fortune, including the grave digger, who demands what he is owed. From this point the plot becomes more and more complicated, with a series of unexpected twists that transform the opera into a kind of Baulkan-style screwball comedy.