A Midsummer Night's Dream

Friday, April 8, 2022, 6:30 PM

  • Friday, April 8, 2022, 6:30 PM
  • Sunday, April 10, 2022, 6:30 PM
  • Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 11:00 AM

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy was just seventeen when – captivated by A Midsummer Night’s Dream – he composed a concerto overture to Shakespeare’s masterpiece and went on to write an entire ballet, including compositions as well known as Scherzo and The Wedding March.

Mendelssohn’s music – melodic, light, lyrical, romantic and characterised by clearly marked fantasy – became, in turn, an inspiration for choreographers. The spectacle at the Kraków Opera is prepared by the Italian choreographer Giorgio Madia, known to Cracovian audiences from his work on Cinderella and Orpheus and Eurydice, and music director Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski. The authors are proud of their innovative reading of Mendelssohn’s ballet. “The neoclassical Greek staging is turned upside-down to become an Elizabethan forest,” promises Madia.

We can certainly expect a dynamic production with a fascinating play of movement, light and music.

Direction, choreography, light design: Giorgio Madia
Musical direction: Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski
Set design and costumes: Alexander J. Mudlagk
Choir preparation: Jacek Mentel, Joanna Wójtowicz, Janusz Wierzgacz


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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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