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21st Summer Krakow Opera Festival

15 May 2017

The Krakow Opera invites you to the 21st edition of the Summer Festival (9 June - 2 July 2017) – the time of meetings with magnificent music and excellent artists. The event will be inaugurated with the premiere performance of The Tales of Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach (9 June). It is a story of three unhappy love longings of a poet, embodied by three unusual women. Yet it turns out that the most lasting feeling, which brings no disappointment is the love for the Muse – Art. The performance will be prepared by Michał Znaniecki – one of the most famous contemporary opera directors, who is also the author of the costume designs. For the venue located at ul. Lubicz 48, he has staged a number of successful titles including Don Giovanni, Eugene Onegin, and King Roger. Tomasz Tokarczyk will be the music director, stage design was prepared by Luigi Scoglio, and choreography – by Diana Theocharidis. In the part of Hoffmann, we will hear Tomasz Kuk and Dominik Sutowicz, whereas Olympia, Antonia, Giulietta, and Stella will be sung by Katarzyna Oleś-Blacha and Marcelina Beucher. The characters of the Muse and Niclausse will be played by Monika Korybalska and Iryna Zhytynska; Lindorf, Coppelius, Professor Miracle, and Dapertutto will be represented alternatively by Mariusz Godlewski and Grzegorz Szostak, and Andrès, Cochenille, Frantz, and Piticchinaccio will take the form of either Adam Sobierajski, Janusz Ratajczak or Krzysztof Kozarek. The Krakow Opera Orchestra, Choir and Ballet will be conducted by Tomasz Tokarczyk. Performances will take place on 10, 11, and 13 June.

In the recent months, the Krakow Opera presented a cycle of concerts titled “Song – The Theatre of the Word”, which was well received both by the audience and critics. The series of meetings with music and poetry will be crowned with a “Final Concert” (16 June) featuring: the originator and artistic director of the project – Katarzyna Oleś-Blacha, Monika Korybalska, Andrzej Lampert, and Mariusz Godlewski. The singers will be accompanied by: Olga Tsymbaluk (piano), Jacek Kopiec (accordion), Krzysztof Cyran (guitar) and the Krakow Opera Orchestra conducted by Tomasz Tokarczyk. Among other pieces, we are going to hear Biblical Songs by A. Dvořak and K. Szymanowski’s Songs of the Fairy-tale Princess, as well as works by S. Rachmaninoff, R. Strauss, and A Wertyński.

In June, the company will traditionally leave its venue to enjoy music and dance in the most beautiful Polish castle courtyard. This year’s concert “World Opera Arias” (25 June) will feature guests: Ewa Hornyáková and Daniel Čapkovič – soloists of the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava. It is yet another exchange of artistic experience and collaboration of the opera stages from Bratislava and Krakow. Also soloists of the Krakow Opera – Katarzyna Oleś-Blacha, Tomasz Kuk, Andrzej Lampert, and Volodymyr Pankiv – will take part in the concert. They will be accompanied by the Krakow Opera Orchestra and Choir conducted by Tomasz Tokarczyk. The rich programme will include pieces by such composers as: Vincenzo Bellini, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Gaetano Donizetti, Antonin Dvořák, Stanisław Moniuszko, Giacomo Puccini, Bedřich Smetana, Karol Szymanowski, and Giuseppe Verdi.

It is also the eighth time that the Krakow Opera invites you to the ballet gala Grand Pas...!. On 29 June, the Arcade Courtyard of the Wawel Castle will host excellent artists from Poland and abroad. There will be soloists of the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava (Romina Kolodziej and Damian Šimko), Theatre in Košice (Ami Fujikawa and Maksym Sklyar), National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Vilnius (Olesia Šaitanova and Kipras Chlebinskas), Polish National Ballet, and the Krakow Opera. An important moment of the evening will be the Polish National Ballet’s performance of Ravel’s Bolero, choreographed by Krzysztof Pastor, which has been very successful in Warsaw. The Krakow gala is a great celebration of ballet both for the spectators, and the artists themselves. It is a unique meeting of the ballet community and a one-of-a-kind chance to share knowledge and experience together the beauty of dance. The Krakow Opera has one more treat for dance lovers – a ballet performance Two Stories – One Dance (18 and 19 June) – a bold, unusual, and original show in the rhythm of jazz music. Live music played by Piotr Orzechowski (piano) and Krzysztof Ścierański (bass guitar) will be illustrated by the Krakow Opera Ballet. The performance held on 18 June in the building of the Opera will inaugurate the 22nd Summer Jazz Festival at Piwnica pod Baranami.

The space of the Wawel courtyard will also resound to the famous habanera, seguidilla and toreador’s toast – on 27 June, we would like to invite you to Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen, directed by Laco Adamik. The title part will be sung by Iryna Zhytynska, Paweł Skałuba will play Don José, and the role of Micaëla will be performed by Wioletta Chodowicz. 

Once again, the Krakow Opera will collaborate with the Academy of Music in Krakow. The stage at Lubicz street has hosted students already a couple of times. This time, Stanisław Moniuszko’s Haunted Manor (21 June) will be a diploma performance of Joachim Kołpanowicz. During this artistic season, the young conductor successfully presented The Gypsy Baron at the Krakow stage.

 The opera will be staged again on 23 June in the park by the Basilica of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Trzebinia. The Festival will finish with Gaetano Donizetti’s Don Pasquale (30 June and 2 July), directed by Jerzy Stuhr.

It is already a tradition that every year the Krakow Opera participates in the Krakow Theatre Night, organised by the Municipality of Krakow. It is an event which brings thousands of people who love culture closer to theatre stages. As part of the Night, on 17 June the spectators will have a chance to listen to a concert titled “Pensive Moon, Distant Stars”, which will feature Russian songs presented also in the cycle “Song – The Theatre of the Word” in the Wieliczka Salt Mine. 

Co-financed by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage