21st Kraków Opera Summer Festival

Friday, June 9, 2017 - Sunday, July 2, 2017

  • Friday, June 9, 2017 - Sunday, July 2, 2017

Operatic Fireworks

Long-awaited performances, gala concerts in the castle courtyard and a dazzling premiere – it’s time for the 21st Kraków Opera Summer Festival!

To start with, we will be enchanted by The Tales of Hoffmann, featuring apparitions, mechanical dolls, troubled love stories and melancholy – but don’t worry, the mood is strictly buffo! Offenbach’s masterpiece has a long and complicated history and many variants, so this latest interpretation is a perfect opportunity for its director Michał Znaniecki to create his very own vision, working alongside the conductor Tomasz Tokarczyk. There will be dazzling arias (Olympia performs a veritable coloratura obstacle course!) and the popular barcarolle, but the greatest challenge comes from bringing it all into a coherent whole. Premiere at the Kraków Opera on 9 June.

There will also be reviews and recollections. The finale of the cycle Song – Theatre of Words resounds with Dvořák’s Biblical Songs and Szymanowski’s Songs of the Fairytale Princess. We will hear compositions for voice and solo instruments and for voice and orchestra. The innovative project Two Stories, One Dance – ballet with improvised music by Piotr Orzechowski and Krzysztof Ścierański – makes a welcome return, as do the acclaimed hit Don Pasquale directed by Jerzy Stuhr and the ever-popular The Haunted Manor.

Wawel welcomes the finest stars of music and dance from all corners of the world. The concert World Opera Arias features Slovak guests Eva Hornyáková and Daniel Čapkovič alongside Polish singers. The ballet gala Grand pas...! hosts ballet masters from Moscow, Bratislava, Košice, Vilnius and Kraków, as well as the Polish National Ballet performing Ravel’s Bolero choreographed by Krzysztof Pastor. The arcaded courtyard also presents perhaps the most famous opera of all time: Carmen.

Igor Kuranda, Karnet magazine


9 June 2017, 6:30pm, premiere
10, 11, 13 June 2017, 6:30pm
J. Offenbach The Tales of Hoffmann, dir. Michał Znaniecki
Tomasz Tokarczyk (conductor)
Tickets: PLN 40-140 (premiere), PLN 28-120 (subsequent performances)

16 June 2017, 6:30pm
Song – Theatre of Words, finale
Katarzyna Oleś-Blacha (soprano), Monika Korybalska (mezzo-soprano), Andrzej Lampert (tenor), Mariusz Godlewski (baritone), Olga Tsymbaluk (piano), Jacek Kopiec (accordion), Krzysztof Cyran (guitar), Kraków Opera Orchestra, Tomasz Tokarczyk (conductor)
Tickets: PLN 40

17 June 2017, 10pm
Pensive Moon, Distant Stars
(Theatre Night)

18, 19 June 2017, 6:30pm
P. Orzechowski, K. Ścierański Two Stories, One Dance
Grzegorz Brajner (conductor)
choreographer: Jacek Tyski
Tickets: PLN 80

21 June 2017, 6:30pm
S. Moniuszko The Haunted Manor, dir. Laco Adamik
Joachim Kołpanowicz (conductor)
Tickets: PLN 28-120

25 June 2017, 8:30pm, Wawel Castle
World Opera Arias
Eva Hornyáková (soprano), Katarzyna Oleś-Blacha (soprano), Tomasz Kuk (tenor), Andrzej Lampert (tenor), Daniel Čapkovič (baritone), Wołodymyr Pańkiw (bass), Kraków Opera Orchestra, Tomasz Tokarczyk (conductor)
Tickets: PLN 30-120

27 June 2017, 8:30pm, Wawel Castle
G. Bizet Carmen, dir. Laco Adamik
Tomasz Tokarczyk (conductor)
Tickets: PLN 30-120

29 June 2017, 8:30pm, Wawel Castle
Grand pas...! – ballet gala
Tickets: PLN 30-80

30 June 2017, 6:30pm
2 July 2017, 6:30pm
G. Donizetti Don Pasquale, dir. Jerzy Stuhr
Tomasz Tokarczyk (conductor)
Tickets: PLN 28-120

Other: open air event
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