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On 16 September, we have inaugurated the new artistic season with “Beata,” the very last opera ever finished by composer Stanisław Moniuszko. 

The titular part was performed by Katarzyna Oleś-Blacha, the role of Max was played by Łukasz Załęski, Janusz Ratajczak played Hans, the role of Dorota was performed by Paula Maciołek, that of Urszula by Wanda Franek, Agata - Monika Korybalska, Henryk Volsey - Mariusz Godlewski, Sir Artur Pepperton - Wojtek Śmiłka, and in the role of Maurycy - Adam Szerszeń. The soloists were accompanied by the Choir and Orchestra of the Krakow Opera, conducted by Tomasz Tokarczyk.

The orchestration of the one act work by Moniuszko, often called an operetta by the composer himself and a musical comedy by scholars, was done by composer and musicologist prof. Krzysztof Baculewski (the full score for “Beata” was lost in a fire of the National Library in September of 1939, along with its archives, and it was only the piano reduction, kept in the collection of Warsaw Music Society, that survived). The music director for “Beata” was Tomasz Tokarczyk, while Janusz Kukuła, the main director and general director of the Polish Radio Theatre, was the scene director, the choir was led by Jacek Mentel, and the scenography was prepared by Bożena Pędziwiatr.

The concert performance of “Beata” was included in the preparations for the Year of Moniuszko in 2019, which is the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birthday. What’s more, the concert was recorded by the prestigious phonographic company DUX and will be available in CD format with the beginning of the upcoming year, which gives this event additional significance.

The concert was staged with the financial help of the Krakow Province Assembly and the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Project partners are as follows:  PKO Bank Polski, Stalprodukt S.A.,  ZGH Bolesław S.A. and Huta Cynku Miasteczko Śląskie S.A.