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A Midsummer <br>Night's Dream
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1 hr 30 mins

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.

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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1 hr 20 mins

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.

Emotions
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2 hrs

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.

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.

Orpheus and Eurydice
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2 hrs

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.

The Nutcracker
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1 hr 50 mins

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.