ARTISTS OF THE KRAKOW OPERA PAID TRIBUTE TO IWONA BOROWICKA16 September 2019
On Saturday, 14 September, a concert commemorating Iwona Borowicka took place. It was organised to celebrate the 35th anniversary of her death and 65th anniversary of her debut. The event, co-organised by Stowarzyszenie Radosny Senior (The Happy Senior Society) was a tribute to the soloist, who ruled the Krakow operetta stage for 30 years.
The programme included arias, duets, and ensembles from the works of Johann Straus, Emmerich Kálmán, Nico Dostal or Paul Abraham, in which Borowicka once performed as the main character. The concert was supplemented by archival recordings. Katarzyna Sanocka shared the memories of the artist’s life and work. Franciszek Makuch, the last soloist who performed with Iwona Borowicka, joined the stage to the sound of the famous Barinkay’s couplets.
The primadonna was commemorated by: Katarzyna Oleś-Blacha, Iwona Socha, Monika Korybalska, Paula Maciołek, Adam Sobierajski, Adam Szerszeń, Jarosław Bielecki, Jakub Oczkowski, and the Krakow Opera Ballet and Orchestra. The concert was conducted by Tomasz Tokarczyk. It took place as part of the Second Summer Operetta Festival by the Vistula River, which is organised by Stowarzyszenie Radosny Senior led by Sybilla Borowicka and Róża Bała.
A few hours earlier on the same day, a commemorative plaque financed by Iwona Borowicka’s family and the city of Krakow was displayed at the corner of Długa and Szlak Streets, where the artist used to live.