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The Haunted Manor


Composer: Stanisław Moniuszko

Opera in 4 acts
Libretto: Jan Chęciński
World premiere: 28 September 1865, Warsaw

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Moniuszko’s opera was premiered in Warsaw in September 1865. The present theatre version of The Haunted Manor combines elements typical of both outdoor and indoor performances (several years ago the opera was spectacularly staged at the Royal Castle in Niepołomice near Krakow). According to its director, Laco Adamik, the new production of The Haunted Manor aims at revealing Polish national vices and showing that, regardless of the epoch, these vices remain the same. The prologue and the epilogue refer to the present day, thus giving the show a modern framework. Thanks to its well-woven, lively plot, which is fuelled by vows of bachelorhood, constantly surprises the audience with changes of mood and delights them with humour, wit and lyricism, The Haunted Manor remains one of the Polish music lovers’ all-time favourites. It comes as no surprise, given that, musically speaking, Moniuszko’s work is perfectly crafted: melodically and harmonically inventive and scored with immense virtuosity.