Named after the composer of first Croatian opera, the Vatroslav Lisinski concert hall is one of Zagreb’s premier venues. The decision to build a new multi-functional hall in Zagreb was made in 1957. A team of architects led by Marijan Haberle won the design contest and the construction began in 1961, but flooding and financial difficulties pushed the completion date into the next decade. The hall was finally opened on 29 December 1973. It welcomed an impressive number of world-renowed artists such as: Bolshoi Theater, Scala Philharmonic orchestra FROM Milan, The Vienna Philharmonic, Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras, Nick Cave, Tina Turner and many more.