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Anna Bolena
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Anna Bolena

Gaetano Donizetti
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This is a story of English queen, the second wife of Henry VIII, who will be beheaded as a result of the next romance of the king. The opera portrays the protagonist in the period when she is devoid of mercy. The story revolves around court intrigues, supposed to prove the titular character’s alleged betrayal, which is an excuse to sentence her. The great and well-written libretto allowed Donizetti to develop his talent in composing attractive arias, duets and ensemble scenes up to the great, final scene of the character's madness. The opera requires artistry from the titular character – in the premiere, which took place in 1830 in the Teatro Carcano in Milan, the legendary Giuditta Pasta performed with success, and the piece immediately brought fame to the composer. Other prominent performers were Maria Callas, Monserrat Caballé, Joan Sutherland, Anna Netrebko, and Joanna Woś. 

Ariadne on Naxos
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Ariadne on Naxos

Richard Strauss
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A spectacular show, full of ideas and surprises, harlequinades and wit in the spirit of commedia dell’arte, circus-like fantasy and the myth of the Minotaur, Venetian carnival and bacchanalia in the finale... The directors of the production were provoked to come up with this extraordinary blend by the fantastic idea underlying the libretto written by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, a celebrated German poet, considered second only to Goethe: that of combining high tand low arts, opera seria and buffa. And all this was employed to tell a story of love, both the ideal, romantic one, and that which is more mundane, sensual. The result was an intriguing work, full of fancy and imagination, with music which gathered raving reviews. After premiering in its final version in 1916, "Ariadne" gained a permanent place in the repertoires of music theatres the world over and is still doing very well today.

A Midsummer <br>Night's Dream
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A Midsummer
Night's Dream

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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The works of Shakespeare have often been a source of inspiration for composers. The seventeen-years-old Mendelssohn was in such an awe of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” that he created his famous “Concert Overture” to Shakespeare’s comedy, and several years later – at the request of a Prussian king – the music for the whole piece, including compositions as well known as “Scherzo” and “Wedding March”. Mendelssohn’s music – melodic, light, lyrical, romantic and characterised by clearly marked fantasy – became, in turn, an inspiration for choreographers. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” had many ballet interpretations by such famous artists as M. Petipa, M. Fokin or G. Balanchine.

Candide
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Candide

Leonard Bernstein
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“Candide” is one of the most popular, beside “West Side Story”, of Bernstein’s pieces for Broadway. Based on the outrageous philosophical tale by Voltaire, its musical layer plays on European operetta conventions and is brimming with witty humour and charm, but is also deeply ironic and sarcastic, just like the Enlightenment-era masterpiece which inspired Bernstein’s work. The eponymous character wanders through countries across all continents, embarking on incredible adventures which shake his naive confidence in the morality of the world and the integrity of people.

“It’s a sad story, really, even though grotesque and theatre of the absurd make us laugh and travel through a series of misleading tropes,” says director Michał Znaniecki, “it’s a story about us – we may not be going to Buenos Aires, discovering Eldorado or losing our innocence in Venice’s casinos, but we do believe in love, loyalty and respect...”

Carmen
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29.05.2020, 6:30 pm
3 hrs 20 mins

Carmen

Georges Bizet
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In its first version Carmen was written in a form similar to a comic opera, where songs and spoken parts intertwined. This fact, according to the then custom, blocked the work’s way to the stage of Great Paris Opera and the first night had to take place in the Comic Opera. However, the audience of that place preferred light and funny musical comedies and did not appreciate the tragic ending of Bizet’s work - this is one of the reasons of a cold reception of Carmen. However the more important reason for an initial distaste of the public and critics for the opera was its innovative content. Bizet broke the unwritten tradition according to which topics of operas were to be taken from the world of myths and legends or old historical periods and life of the so called “higher spheres”. Instead of conventional heroes, often full of artificial pathos, the composer brought up living and contemporary people - soldiers, smugglers and female workers from a cigar manufactory. 

Carmina Burana
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08.05.2020, 11:00 am
1 hr 10 mins

Carmina Burana

Carl Orff
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“Carmina Burana”, called by some people a stage cantata and by others – an oratorio, is based on secular mediaeval songs, discovered in 1803 in the Bavarian monastery Benediktbeuern. Carl Orff selected from this vast collection of texts, created by vagrants, students and wandering clerics, 24 songs and composed them in some sort of a libretto. The first part comprises songs celebrating nature and the awakening spring, the second part is a praise of Bacchus and the third one tells of pleasures of love. The motto of the entire piece is apotheosis of life and affirmation of the world. Only approval to order and structure of the macrocosm will allow a human to maintain purity of soul and live according to nature.

Cinderella
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The ballet rendition of the popular fairy tale of Cinderella, two mean stepsisters and a cruel stepmother has been prepared by Giorgio Madia, an eminent choreographer from Milan. The former soloist with the Bejart Ballet and the San Franciscoo Ballet, today he works on his own productions on the musical stages of Vienna and Berlin. “Cinderella” in his interpretation is enhanced with new meanings, while still retaining the universal sense of the tale. Combining subtle lyricism with irony and a sense of humour, the production uses an original choreographic language and proves surprisingly spectacular. The music is compiled from fragments of Rossini's operatic and chamber compositions. This moving performance of superb comic quality is bound to delight young and adult audiences alike.

Countess Maritza
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Countess Maritza

Emmerich Kálmán
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“Countess Maritza”, the second success of the Hungarian composer Emmerich Kálmána after “The Gipsy Princess”, secured him a permanent place among the most outstanding operetta authors of the 20th century. The piece tells about true love, free from any dependencies, such as property, position in the society or the social hierarchy, although these circumstances are discussed here most. Therefore, the piece is pretty enjoyable, as it incorporates the yearnings of a huge part of the humankind. Moreover, Kálmán seduces with effective melodies, coloured with Hungarian folklore and Gypsy tunes. Most arias and duets have detached from the original work and gained individual popularity, like Maritza’s csardas “I hear Gipsy violins”, the duet of Maritza and Zsupan “Let's Go to Varasdin” or the evergreen aria “Play Gipsy”.

Spectacular music, beautiful voices, a funny intrigue, gentle humour, rich costumes with sublime details, and a wonderfully distant world that brings joy and consolation.

Don Pasquale
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15.05.2020, 6:30 pm
2 hrs 40 mins

Don Pasquale

Gaetano Donizetti
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It is considered the most outstanding opera of all Donizetti’s 70 coperatic works and the best Italian comic opera ever. It has been called “a jewel of charm, lightness and joyful humour”. This musical treasure is based on a bravado plot, getting the characters involved in risky adventures. As usual money, and of course love, are at stake, though in this case love comes second. This work of unique beauty represents the genre at its best. Jerzy Stuhr plays with the genre, the convention of comic opera, so the production is sheer fun, the very essence of humour and the stage magic. Participation of one of the most acclaimed comic actors in his staging is a brand mark of his theatrical art. 

Emotions
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The ballet show “Emotions” twirls back to our stage, in a new rendering. “Emotions 2017” was prepared by two choreographers: Violetta Suska and Eduard Bablidze, with dancers from the Krakow Opera Ballet. The performance uses the language of dance to speak of emotions, feelings, and relationships.

Subsidised by the Institute of Music and Dance under the programme Music and Dance – Intervention 2017.

Eugene Onegin
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Eugene Onegin

Piotr Czajkowski
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Tchaikovsky described his romantic opera, based on Pushkin`s novel in verse of the same title, as lyrical scenes, underscoring the poetic nature of the work. The directors of this staging have followed the same path; without highlighting any realistic details, they have conjured up a poetic, lyrical tale of lost illusions, of time which heals all wounds but also takes one ever farther away from the excitements of youth, strips all the characters in the story of their dreams and frustrates their desires. Metaphoric images, based on the motif of melting ice, seem to complement the poignant music, vibrating with passions, expressing yearning, sadness and regret.

Gianni Schicchi | Pagliacci
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Gianni Schicchi | Pagliacci

Giacomo Puccini | Ruggero Leoncavallo
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The story is about extreme emotions that become a source of destruction. They devour a human and devastate his life. In “Pagliacci”, lust for love and jealousy, leading to a catastrophe, are the destructive forces, whereas in “Gianni Schicchi” these are money as well as greed, the latter being capable of any kind of wickedness and cruelty. The two titles were combined in the form of the theatrical performance. In “Pagliacci”, what was supposed to be a fiction will turn into a grim reality and lead to a tragedy, whereas in “Gianni Schicchi”, we will witness a great spectacle of human behaviour and attitudes, presented in a farcical or even grotesque form. The attractions in which different forms of art meet are also guaranteed. These include: breakdance, circus and illusion arts. An additional pleasure is music which reflects the features of the heroes. It also creates the world of situations, relationships, feelings...

Joan of Arc at the Stake
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04.04.2020, 6:30 pm

The work is inspired by the character of Joan of Arc, the national hero of France, her trial and preparations leading up to burning her at the stake. The libretto created by Paul Claudel, poet and playwright, focuses on Joan as her mission concludes and she thinks of her life through the prism of awaiting execution.

‘Joan of Arc at the Stake’ is the best known theatrical work of Swiss composer Arthur Honegger (1892-1955) – the creator of not only symphonies and concerts but also music for film and ballet, and the author of the famous ‘Pacific 231’, which depicts the sound of a moving locomotive. The composer classified his work as a dramatic oratorio. Orchestra parts are interwoven with spoken parts uttered by the protagonists, Joan and Brother Dominique, who prepares her for death. The eponymous role was taken on by such famous artists as Ida Rubinstein, who inspired the creation of the piece (world premiere took place in 1938 in Basel), and Ingrid Bergman (San Carlo Theatre in Naples, 1953).  It is believed that clear, concise (approximately 75 minutes) and moving narrative of the piece as well as exceptionally emotional music which “sparks the imagination with images that are simple yet strongly affecting, where accessibility does not come down to being undemanding...” (P. Kamiński), contributed to its success.

The performance is being prepared by Monika Strzępka, the director of engaging and discussion-provoking theatrical works, and Tomasz Tokarczyk, Music Director of the Krakow Opera.

La Bohème
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30.04.2020, 6:30 pm
2 hrs 50 mins

La Bohème

Giacomo Puccini
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‘...freshness, youth, passion, cheerfulness, tears shed in silence, a love that gives you joy and makes you suffer,’ Puccini wrote about the perfect theme for an opera which he had found in Murger’s novel Scènes de la vie de bohème, which he himself could relate to through his own experience of several years spent as a student and artist at Milan’s conservatory. The duo of Giacosa and Illica magically turned the material into a superb libretto, not without some intervention of the composer himself. The latter endowed the tale of the Parisian bohemian life with a melodious phrase congenial with the situation, proving himself a master in building up the mood, inciting yearnings, and moving the audience. The residents of a poor garret are about to abandon their artsy spaces and walk into a life ruled by different laws. For now, however, they are experiencing  their first loves, and the first complications that come with them, as well as the first misfortunes in their lives, including death, which forebodes the end of their beautiful amusements, the end of carefree times, and thus a goodbye to youth. But let us not ponder on this yet, let us forget all about it and let ourselves be overtaken by the joyful mood of Musetta’s waltz, or the enticing words of the main heroine, ‘Si, mi chiamano Mimi’(‘Yes, they call me Mimi’) and Rodolfo’s bold attempt at seduction, ‘Che gelida manina’ (‘What a cold hand’). We’ll be better off that way.

La Traviata
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La Traviata

Giuseppe Verdi
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“La Traviata”, based on the novel “The Lady of the Camellias” by Alexandre Dumas, fils, is a story of a fallen woman, a high-class Parisian courtesan and her salvation through a sacrificial offering of love and death. Krzysztof Nazar dispenses with the historical costume and the social context of the plot, focusing instead on the characters’ psychology, emotions and motivations. In his interpretation, Violetta Valéry faces the fact of terminal illness and the inevitability of the end of life. Disillusioned, she decides to enjoy the remaining time to the maximum. But that is exactly when she encounters true love, and with it values that change her vision of the world and people. The production addresses the theme of love tinged with a sense of passing away, it shows the human strength of character and struggle against the fear of death, it tells a tale of sacrifice and loneliness, of the attitudes and choices we face regardless of times or place.

Lottery for Husbands or Fiance No. 69
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Madama Butterfly
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24.04.2020, 6:30 pm
3 hrs

Madama Butterfly

Giacomo Puccini
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One of the most beautiful stories of unrequited love. It tells us of Geisha Cio-Cio-San’s passion to a US Navy Lieutenant which ends tragically for the girl owing to cross-cultural misalliance and differences. Since the 1904 premiere, the opera has belonged to the world repertoire. It has always been an ambition of the greatest soprano voices to interpret the main role. Obviously, the figure of Butterfly dominates the opera, and the scale of passions involved in that role contains anything from joy and love to longing and depression to despair and resignation.

Mr Tralaliński
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“Mr Tralaliński” is a show aimed at children aged 6-10; it is a combination of music by outstanding Polish composers and of poetry written for children. The performance includes selected songs from the “Alphabet” by Witold Lutosławski, which the composer called children's songs and annotated: “to be performed for children and by children.” As described by Mieczysław Tomaszewski, musicologist: "There is simplicity in them, achieved through concentration, through not rejecting certain tools, and using a rich selection thereof, but nonetheless in a subtle, allusive manner, relying on the sensitivity and intelligence of the listener.” The artists also perform the ballad “Old Man and Old Woman” by Stanisław Moniuszko, written to the text by Józef Ignacy Kraszewski; “Five Songs for Children” with lyrics by Józef Czechowicz — Tadeusz Baird's only piece that is a combination of music and children’s poetry, and several pieces from “Children's Rhymes” by Karol Szymanowski, composed to the poems of Kazimiera Iłłakowiczówna. Although these are songs for children, their quality and artistry made them a staple of some of the most outstanding singers.

Music and Magic
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19.05.2020, 11:00 am
1 hr 20 mins

The fantastic journey to the magical world of music and fairy will amaze children with its unique storyline. As one of the songs from the show says – “There are many theatres in the world, more or less serious, but the most unique for children is the theatre of imagination!”. We will meet an extraordinary Sorcerer – Muzomagius who can bring to stage various situations, emotions and characters from fairy tales. Due to magical music, we will see on stage the “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Cinderella”, “Snow White” and many other characters from children stories.

Norma
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Norma

Vincenzo Bellini
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The titular heroine is an archpriestess torn between her love for a man, a Roman invader, and her service to her own community. In Laco Adamik’s interpretation, the problems of power and servitude of the nation are the backdrop of the grand drama of love experienced by the protagonists. Love and betrayal, jealousy and lust for vengeance, combined with pride and nobility, that determine the course of action for the characters, show the depths of their humanity, but are to the same extent destructive, and lead everything to a disaster. The director follows the music, which wonderfully expresses the power of emotion and strength of character. 

“Norma” is thought to be a perfect opera, Bellini’s demonstration of inexhaustible musical invention. Only the skilled voices dare to take on the part of Norma. It is believed to be the most difficult soprano part. In our staging, it will be sung by Katarzyna Oleś-Blacha and Karina Skrzeszewska.

Ongaku: The Three Stones
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“Ongaku”, a family-friendly spectacle maintained in fantasy style, is a musical tale of Janek – a teenager, who lost his mother and can’t find common ground with his father. He creates the eponymous Ongaku land in his imagination. The warrior Merodi arrives from the land and takes the boy into the world of secrets, search for courage and openness. A journey into three worlds begins. As legend has it, there are three stones of truth in the worlds. Thanks to them, Ongaku, destroyed by the evil Waru, will regain its balance. These three worlds are interconnected and become a symbol for our tolerance, understanding of other people, and the ability to look at the world through their eyes. 

“Ongaku: The Three Stones” is an innovative spectacle adapted for audience members with hearing, visual and locomotor disabilities. Suitable elements, such as, for instance, audio description, sign language, visual and sound effects allow all audience members to learn about the world of Ongaku sounds, while educating and making the understanding of other people easier.

Opera Unlimited
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An educational spectacle in which the orchestra and soloists of the Krakow Opera will stage fragments of the greatest opera, operetta, musical and ballet works. The purpose of the performance is to show young spectators how a theatre spectacle is created and to introduce them to names and the most eminent composers and performers of these works through an anecdote and an attempt to define genres of a musical theatre.

 

Orpheus and Eurydice
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Orpheus and Eurydice

Christoph Willibald Gluck
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The opera’s libretto is based on the Greek myth. Eurydice, wife of a Thracian singer Orpheus, is bitten by a viper and dies. To get her back, Orpheus descends to the underworld. He almost succeeds in leading Eurydice out of the dead but he breaks a divine ban, looks at her and loses his beloved forever... "Orpheus and Eurydice" is the thirtieth of 107 operas left by Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787) - German composer, Kapellmeister at the Emperor’s court in Vienna, author successful also in Paris and acclaimed to have been the reformer of opera. Giorgio Madia, an Italian by birth, working as a choreographer for the most important European stages, the author of "Cinderella" staging at the Krakow Opera a few years ago, is preparing "Orpheus and Eurydice" (the French version) for the first time, especially for the Krakow Opera. It will be both an opera and a ballet spectacle. Every opera character has its counterpart in a character from the ballet ground.

Orpheus in the Underworld
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29.03.2020, 6:30 pm

Orpheus in the Underworld

Jacques Offenbach
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Requiem
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Requiem

Giuseppe Verdi
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Written as a tribute to Alessandro Manzoni, a prominent Italian man of letters and patriot admired by Verdi, the Messa da Requiem was first performed one year after his death at the Milan Cathedral (1874) with a choir of 100 singers, an orchestra of 120 persons, La Scala singers as the soloists and the composer himself as the conductor. Sometimes compared to Mozart’s Requiem in terms of musical finesse, it is considered the highest achievement of the genre. A synthesis of the Italian operatic style and religious music, Verdi’s Requiem is a romantic work through and through, which is manifested by its diversity of form and extremity of contrast – from prayerful concentration to vehement sounds and dramatic expression. At the same time, the critics have pointed to its theatricality, consisting in strive for a “quasi-scenic display of its intensified musicality” (B. Pociej).

Tannhäuser
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Tannhäuser

Richard Wagner
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The composer based his libretto on the old legends of a medieval minstrel-knight who found himself inside the Venusberg (mountain of Venus) where he then lost himself in love’s revelry. Still unhappy with his lot, he left the goddess to rejoin humanity, but when he failed to find his place among his own kind, he set out to request audience with the pope, to seek absolution and salvation. When working on his opera, abundant in theatrical elements and dense with meanings, Wagner made Tannhäuser a convincingly human character. Laco Adamik’s production moves away from the Romantic convention of staging the piece and brings it closer to our time.  It becomes a story not only about love and its varieties, but above all about a man torn between culture and nature, sensuality and spirituality, about the protagonist’s maturing on his way to finding himself, the essence of his humanity.

Teresica – una pasión
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On the occasion of her birthday, Donna Anna coaxed her husband into letting her stage in the palace garden a theatre play titled "Teresica – The Compendium of Love". Sensing a disaster, the countess’ husband unwillingly agrees to the undertaking. For a long time, Donna Anna's behaviour has been hiding a love secret. So has the history of Teresica - a country girl being the protagonist of the staged tale...

The performance is based on songs of Spanish Renaissance, which were presented in a theatre setting for the first time at Krakow Opera. The music makes a wonderful combination of Judeo-Christian and Moorish elements.

The Barber of Seville
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The Barber of Seville

Gioachino Rossini
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“The Barber of Seville” by G. Rossini is an opera buffa considered to be the leading example of the genre. It is the most well-known and loved work by the composer, filled with beautiful music, based on an excellent libretto and presenting itself as “an inexhaustible well of theatrical humour,” as Piotr Kamiński wrote in his book “Tysiąc i jedna opera,” [“One-thousand and One Operas.”] 

The Bat
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The Bat

Johann Strauss
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A witty operetta with an upper-crust intrigue-driven plot, set in a 19th c. resort by Vienna. Old Vienna is a true lead of this operetta, one of the best and most popular in the world. Composing the work took Johann Strauss, the famous “king of the waltz,” a mere few weeks, and the world premiere turned out to be a huge success. A brilliant comedy of errors with an intriguing libretto in a perfect translation by Julian Tuwim continues to win admirers to this day.

The translation of “Die Fledermaus” by the poet Julian Tuwim inspired the show’s director and choreographer, Janusz Józefowicz, to create a light-hearted, humorous yet spectacular performance. His rendition of the operetta is redolent with the atmosphere of the epoch: it is rich, meticulous and realistic. The costumes, made of silk, lace and velvet and decorated with ostrich plumes, take the audience a hundred years back. The orchestra plays lightly, in keeping with the atmosphere of the show. This Johann Strauss doesn’t sound his age.

The Elixir of Love
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The Elixir of Love

Gaetano Donizetti
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A jewel of the Italian opera buffa, as becomes a work of comedy it is all about love complications, this time in a rustic, bucolic setting. The characters’ amorous adventures come to a happy end not so much through their belief in the magic powers of the mysterious elixir as through their steadfast conviction that the world we live in is subject to an eternal order, which also comprises tolerance for the weaknesses and errors of human nature. Praised for the subtlety of the scenario and the psychological credibility of the characters, the work is also endowed with something elusive, evoking melancholy and yearning. Following this path, what the directors of the present stage production propose is a crazy sentimental journey to a bygone yet not-so-distant time, still remembered and reminisced upon, to convince us that goodness and love are invariably fascinating in every era and clime...

The Gypsy Baron
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The Gypsy Baron

Johann Strauss
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Great splendour is a joke Sandor Barinkay, the son of the former Governor returns to his castle. His companion, the Royal Commissioner Carnero reinstates the family land ownership to Sandor. The new heir is welcomed by an old Gypsy Czipra, telling him that he would regain property and love. His neighbour Zsupan Kalman, a pig breeder who is unable to seize Barinkay's land, decides to make his daughter Arsena marry Sandor. The girl, however, is in love with Ottokar, the son of her Governess Mirabella. Zsupan invites all guests to his home. During the meeting, it is evealed that Mirabella is the wife of Commissioner Carnero who was lost during the Turkish war long before, and Ottokar was their son. At that time Arsena receives the new suitor with reservation, promising her hand when he earns the title of baron. Sandor is not discouraged, and, leaving for the capital, he visits a Gypsy camp on his land. There, he listens to a song by a young Gypsy Saffi...

The Haunted Manor
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The Haunted Manor

Stanisław Moniuszko
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Two brothers returning from the battlefield make a promise to remain bachelors, but when they meet the beautiful ladies from the neighbouring manor, their vows become much harder to keep... Director, Laco Adamik, aims at revealing Polish national vices and show 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.

The Love for Three Oranges
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When son of the King of Clubs is struck by melancholy, laughter seems to be the only remedy. Despite various courtly conspiracies and power games, the Prince  is freed from his malady and sets out on a quest to find love, entrapped magically in three oranges. Basing his opera on a fairytale by Carlo Gozzi, Prokofiev depicted the world of magic and witchcraft with considerable distance. He created a multilayer work, balancing between surrealistic farce, grotesque humour, and parody. Combining vivid action with a meticulously woven fabric of orchestral music, he showed extraordinary inventiveness and his own unique style. 

Michał Znaniecki places the action in a Moscow home for the elderly. As the television set breaks down, the doctors decide to perform the fairy story of 'The Love for Three Oranges'. Charmingly absurd, the tale turns into a metaphor-packed political satire.

The Marriage of Figaro
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22.05.2020, 6:30 pm
3 hrs 20 mins

The Marriage of Figaro

Wolfgang Amadeusz Mozart
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Although it has been over two hundred years since the premiere of "The Marriage of Figaro" which took place on 1 May 1786 in Vienna’s Burgtheater, the opera's attractiveness has not faded away. It is the masterpiece of the opera theatre. The great libretto was written by Lorenzo da Ponte and based on a brilliant comedy by Pierre Beaumarchais which turned out to have prophetic inclinations over the coming French Revolution. The music was wonderfully light and sensuous. It mirrored the tensions of action, reflected the atmosphere and was full of humour. The libretto and the music make a unique whole. "The Marriage of Figaro" is an exciting comedy, full of unexpected turns of events. It is a story of erotic intrigue in which characters are perfectly portrayed. What is more, it was the first opera which included a critique of social relations.

The creators of our performance have remained faithful to the Mozart’s masterpiece. They accentuate its timeless merits, including in particular the truthfulness of characters, emotions and relations between the characters. At the same time, they do not avoid social issues addressed in the story of marriage between Figaro and Susanna.

The Nutcracker
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The Nutcracker

Piotr Czajkowski
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One of the world’s most popular classical ballets is a story of a girl taken by her Christmas toy on a journey through a fairyland of wonders where anything is possible... The fairytale novella ‘The Nutcracker and the Mouse King’ was written in 1816 by the German poet and author E. T. A. Hoffmann. The ballet rendition of the story was conceived by the imagination of Marius Petipa, and Pyotr Tchaikovsky was commissioned to compose the music, following the success of The Sleeping Beauty. The premiere was held at St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre in 1892.

The Tales of Hoffmann
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17.04.2020, 6:30 pm
3 hrs 45 mins

The Tales of Hoffmann

Jacques Offenbach
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One of the most intriguing operatic pieces that allures with mystery and offers endless interpretations. The dream of producers and performers. But also a challenge. Authors of the staging reach to the fantastic stories by E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776-1822), which inspired Offenbach’s opera. By introducing us to the modern worlds of civilisation, real however looking ahead, they translate them into the contemporary language. Realism and fantasy, contemporaneity and a futuristic vision – this is the poetics of the staging. In terms of music, the performance presents a selected version of the opera which, after all, was not finished by the composer. Except for the best known “Barcarolle” and “Olympia’s Aria”, we are going to hear plenty of other magnificent arias and terzettos, pastiche and parodies, which build up the musical world of the piece.

The Turk in Italy
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The Turk in Italy

Gioacchino Rossini
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During the Carnival season, Selim, the eponymous Turk, arrives in Italy in search of entertainment.  In the prevailing merriment and excitement it is no longer possible to tell who is crazy about whom: whether he about the beautiful women that he encounters or they about him, seeking exotic experiences. The constellations of love triangles and rectangles become ever more complicated through a series of misunderstandings, errors, and disguises – all immersed in the element of dance, as is becoming the period of humanity’s carefree craziness.

Tosca
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Tosca

Giacomo Puccini
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“Tosca” is a part of the standard opera repertoire and has allowed many singers to create unforgettable characters. The opera features some of Puccini’s most splendid arias, “Recondita armonia...” and “E lucevan le stelle...”, interwoven with the story of a tragic love between the singer Tosca and the painter Cavaradossi, who fall prey to the police chief Scarpia’s machinations. As with every great work of worldwide fame, the producers are faced with the danger of rendering the opera too banal or too predictable, but the Krakow Opera’s staging of “Tosca” has a lot to recommend itself. Apart from an absolute vocal mastery, the lead singers show excellent acting skills – their characters are deeply moving and believable. The dramatic story of Tosca and Cavaradossi’s love as seen at the Krakow Opera House moves the audience to tears.