The last Opus lineup, in 1979, from left to right: Zoran Da?i?, Dragan Baleti?, Vidoja Bo?inovi?, Miodrag Okrugi?, Slobodan Orli?, Vladan Doki?
|Origin||Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia|
|Genres||Progressive rock, symphonic rock|
1973 – 1974|
1977 – 1979
|YU Grupa, D?entlmeni, Tako, Plamenih 5, Siluete, Dah, Pop Ma?ina, Crni Biseri, Rok Ma?ina, Riblja ?orba, Legende|
The band was formed in Belgrade in 1973 by Miodrag "Mive" Okrugi? (a former YU Grupa member, keyboards), Miodrag "Bata" Kosti? (a former Terusi and YU Grupa member, guitar) and Du?an ?u?uz (a former D?entlmeni member, bass guitar). The band chose their name after the song "Opus No. 1", which was written by Okrugi?'s during his work with YU Grupa. The song was often performed by YU Grupa, but never recorded. However, soon after it was formed, Opus disbanded. Soon after, ?u?uz formed the symphonic rock band Tako.
In 1975, Okrugi? reformed Opus. The new lineup featured Slobodan Orli? (a former Plamenih 5, Siluete, Bitnici and Moira member, bass guitar), Ljubomir Jerkovi? (drums) and Du?an Prelevi? (a former Korni Grupa member, vocals). This lineup released the album Opus 1. The album, released in luxurious sleeve designed by Dragan S. Stefanovi?, featured symphonic rock-oriented songs. The album featured "Opus No. 1", renamed to "Opus \ ?ena tame" ("Opus \ Woman of Darkness"), the songs "Dolina bisera" ("Valley of Pearls") and "Vi?enje po Grigu" ("Seeing by Grieg"), released on the 7" single, and the song "Memento Mori", which featured Dah member Zlatko Manojlovi? on vocals. However, the album was not well received, as the critics expected more from the band on the basis of their live performances, and Opus disbanded once again.
In 1977, Okrugi? once again reformed Opus. The lineup featured Okrugi?, Orli?, ?elimir Vasi? (drums) and Milan Mati? (guitar). After the reunion, the band released the single "Ne dam da bude? sre?na" ("I Won't Let You Be Happy") and went through numerous lineup changes. The last lineup featured Okrugi?, Orli?, Vladan Doki? (drums), Zoran Da?i? (guitar), Vidoja Bo?inovi? (a former Pop Ma?ina member, guitar), and Dragan Baleti? (a former Crni Biseri member, vocals). The band finally ended their activity in 1979.