Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 6:30 PM

  • Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 6:30 PM

Moniuszko to start! But we won’t hear The Haunted Manor, Halka or anything from the Songbook for Home Use. On 16 September, the Kraków Opera opens its latest season with a concert version of the composer’s last finished operatic work: the little-known opera in one act Beata which Moniuszko himself called an operetta. Unusually, the musical romantic comedy isn’t set in a Polish manor house or village in the Tatra Mountains, but in a sanatorium in Switzerland, with the story following the titular Beata’s convalescence after a serious illness. Moniuszko’s distinctive style is obvious in the beautiful, fresh melodies, and attentive listeners are bound to spot a few (unintentional?) national elements, with some of the Swiss folk tunes sounding as though they would be far more at home by the Vistula than in the Alpine valleys.
The concert featuring performers including Katarzyna Oleś-Blacha as Beata and Łukasz Załęski as her beloved Max, conducted by Tomasz Tokarczyk, is a prelude of the celebrations of the Year of Moniuszko, marking the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth in 2019. (Barbara Skowrońska)

Stanisław Moniuszko Beata

Musical direction: Tomasz Tokarczyk
Directing guidelines: Laco Adamik
Choir preparation: Jacek Mentel

BEATA | Katarzyna Oleś-Blacha
MAX | Łukasz Załęski
HANS | Janusz Ratajczak
DOROTA | Paula Maciołek
URSZULA | Wanda Franek
AGATA | Monika Korybalska
HENRYK VOLSEY | Mariusz Godlewski
MAURYCY | Adam Szerszeń
Kraków Opera Orchestra and Choir

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Other: acceptable for people with disabilities

Kraków Opera

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During the artistic season, the Kraków Opera presents around 200 performances: world classics, operettas, and ballet and musical productions for children.

During the artistic season, the Kraków Opera presents around 200 performances enjoyed by an audience of nearly 70,000. Its repertoire includes world classics (Carmen, Tosca, la Boheme), operettas (The Gypsy Baron, Die Fledermaus), and ballet and musical productions for children. Polish artists of world renown, notably Małgorzata Walewska, Mariusz Kwiecień, Andrzej Dobber, Wojtek Śmiłek, and Łukasz Borowicz, enjoy working with the Kraków Opera. The popularity of opera productions in Kraków makes it necessary to book tickets long in  advance. The artistic season of the Kraków opera ends on a powerful forte: a summer festival presenting musical productions amid the extraordinary scenery of Wawel Castle courtyard.

Guest performances by theatres and concerts can also be seen on the hospitable stage of the Kraków Opera.

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