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It is the fifteenth time no less that the Krakow Opera has presented VOX OPERA Awards to persons, companies and institutions who had supported our theatre in special ways. During the annual “Viva Opera...!” gathering of Donors, Sponsors and Partners, which took place on 17 January, these prestigious awards were given to: The Wieliczka Salt Mine, for its “cooperation in planning and organising performances and projects of the Krakow Opera,” as well as to Tauron Dystrybucja S.A. for “kindness and support of performances and projects of the Krakow Opera”.

“Music is what primarily connects the Krakow Opera and the Wieliczka Salt Mine, although our mine has neither a curtain, a gallery, nor such a beautiful building, but we do have salt – and in these salty surroundings the Krakow Opera’s music sounds beautiful and profound. It is a great honor for me to be here today to accept this award. I am quite convinced that the Krakow Opera will keep delivering many emotions and beauty, including in our underground setting” said Damian Konieczny, the President of the Management Board of the Salt Mine, Kopalnia Soli Wieliczka Trasa Turystyczna Sp. z o.o.

The VOX OPERA 2018 Award was recieved by Ewa Groń, spokesperson, on behalf of Tauron Dystrybucja S.A. Company. While thanking for the award and multiple years of cooperation with our theatre, she added: “Although we do not have salt, what we do have is energy and we continuously share this energy with you, the Krakow Opera team, and all residents. We are delighted that we can support the events of the Krakow Opera.”

And the number of these events in the past year was 187 – this number includes performances, concerts and educational gatherings. We welcomed almost 86,000 spectators, and the average turnout was 98.71%. While reminiscing on the recent publication of the Opera 2008-2018 album to commemorate 52 premieres of the last decade, in a conversation with Elżbieta Tosza, the Opera’s Literary Editor, Director Bogusław Nowak underlined the importance of our theatre’s teamwork. It is not only the artists, but also the behind-the-scenes employees. 

The evening’s splendor was also due to performances by soloists – Monika Korybalska, Krzysztof Kozarek and Michał Kutnik, musicians-instrumentalists – Kristina Kutnik and Paweł Wójtowicz, as well as children who delighted the audience with their voices – Gabriela and Piotr Kutnik. Among others, we heard Carmen’s aria “Seguidilla” from the opera by G. Bizet, “Una voce poco fa” from The Barber of Seville by G. Rossini, “The Impossible Dream” from the musical The Man of La Mancha by M. Leigh, V. Monti’s Csárdás and neapolitan songs. 

At the finale of the gathering, Director Bogusław Nowak thanked all our sponsors, partners and media partons for their cooperation in the past year. A sincere thank you was also directed to spectators who – to quote President Jacek Majchrowski – “used to go to opera performances, but have now for ten years been coming to the Opera”.