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The 67th season at the Krakow Opera begins. We know the repertoire for September, October and November

17 September 2020

Opera spectacles, operettas, a premiere, a gala concert, ballet, as well as spectacles for children and workshops – all this in the beginning of the 67th season at the Krakow Opera. We already know the repertoire for the first three months.

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The theatre opened the new season with a Gala Concert. On 12 September 2020, the soloists, the Choir and the Orchestra directed by Tomasz Tokarczyk performed in the gardens of the Archaeological Museum in Krakow for the second time. The first concert took place on 27 June and concluded the previous season. At the time, the tickets sold out in less than three hours, and requests for an additional concert soon followed. This time the Opera offers a new program. It includes fragments of some masterpieces which are familiar to the audience of the Krakow Opera House, such as “The Marriage of Figaro” by Mozart, “La Bohème” by Puccini or “The Barber of Seville” by Rossini. The following artists will perform: Paula Maciołek, Iwona Socha, Monika Korybalska, Michał Kutnik, Jarosław Bielecki, Adam Szerszeń, Adam Sobierajski.

In October, the Krakow Opera would like to invite its audience to see the premiere we had to wait for the longest, that is “Orpheus in Underworld” by Jacques Offenbach. It was originally scheduled for 27 March, however, the pandemic outbreak caused the premiere to be postponed. The famous “Galop Infernal” from the second act will be heard on 22 October. The production is directed by Włodzimierz Nurkowski, Tomasz Tokarczyk is the music director.

The Midsummer Night’s Dream, fot. Magda Woch

In October, apart from “Orpheus in Underworld”, we will stage “The Midsummer Night’s Dream” to the music of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy three times. This is the newest production of Giorgio Madia in our Opera (premiered in 2019). At the beginning of the month we will stage “Carmen” twice, with Monika Korybalska in the main role and Paweł Skałuba as her partner, at the end of October – “Tosca” by Giacomo Puccini with Agnieszka and Tomasz Kuk, an opera married couple, taking on the main parts.

November promises to be intense and diverse. It will begin with three performances of “The Haunted Manor” by Stanisław Moniuszko, followed by “The Gypsy Baron” by Johann Strauss with the beloved duet of Iwona Socha and Adam Sobirajewski as Saffi and Sandor Barinkay, and “La traviata” with Katarzyna Oleś-Blacha, Paweł Skałuba and Adam Szerszeń in the main roles.

Along with the spectacles, workshops and performances for children will be revived. “With Music  from the Moment of Conception”, music therapy workshop for pregnant women, returns in September. In October, the Opera will invite its youngest viewers to “Meetings at the Opera – Matinées”, a fascinating journey behind the scenes of the theatre. “Ongaku: The Three Stones”, directed by Paweł Wójtowicz and including his music, could now have been missing from the repertoire. The production will be staged for the first time outside of the Opera – in Nowy Sącz – on 6 November. Michał Kutnik, on the other hand, will once again take on the role of the host of the musical garden in “Mr Tralaliński”, a beloved children show, which will be staged in November.

The Krakow Opera Ballet enters the 67th season in entirely new conditions. A complex renovation and modernization of the historic ballet building at ul. św. Tomasza 37 was completed. It also serves as the seat of the Ballet Studio of the Krakow Opera, which was established in 1963. The dancers may now make use of comfortable dressing rooms, two rehearsal rooms, common rooms, as well as facilities for training and rehabilitation. Those interested in the history of ballet in Krakow may visit an interactive exhibition displayed on the ground floor, which is available in English and adapted to the needs of persons with disabilities.

Considering the ongoing epidemic threat, the Krakow Opera adapted the procedures of audience participation in a way which ensures the highest level of safety.

Audience members must cover their mouth and noses. The Opera provides hands disinfectants, the number of seats in the audiences of the Main Stage and the Chamber Stage on the fourth floor has been limited. Audience members ought to keep social distance, the Opera will make available an additional exit from the building. Each audience member must provide a health declaration. It may be collected and signed at the entrance to the theatre, however, we recommend that viewers arrive with the printed and signed document for the sake of efficiency. The declaration may be downloaded from the Opera’s website.

The Krakow Opera team hopes that this season will run uninterrupted and that together with our audiences we will experience unique emotions stemming from performing live art.