Opera Rara Festival 2021: The Golden Dragon

Sunday, September 26, 2021, 7:00 PM

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  • Sunday, September 26, 2021, 7:00 PM
  • Monday, September 27, 2021, 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 7:00 PM

This year’s final sounds of the Opera Rara Festival brings the Péter Eötvös’s spectacle intertwining opera, musical, grotesque and psychodrama directed by Karolina Sofulak. The Golden Dragon explores important social topics of exclusion, migration and poverty.

The setting: a generic oriental restaurant, The Golden Dragon, in an anonymous European city. A Chinese cook suffers from terrible toothache but as an illegal immigrant he is reluctant to see a dentist. His colleagues step in to pull out the offending tooth. The man bleeds to death and the tooth lands in a bowl of soup destined for one of the customers… The tragicomic, absurd, grotesque and in places brutal opera The Golden Dragon is an important element in the contemporary discussion on immigration, as is its universal – and painful – message. It explores themes of chance, unfulfilled dreams and hopelessness. The opera by the Hungarian composer Péter Eötvös is performed by the Spółdzielnia Muzyczna contemporary ensemble under the baton of Edo Frenkel.

Péter Eötvös The Golden Dragon, dir. Karolina Sofulak
Robin Steitz – soprano
Helena Rasker – mezzo-soprano
Peter Tantsits – tenor
Karol Kozłowski – tenor
Łukasz Klimczak – baritone
Spółdzielnia Muzyczna contemporary ensemble
Edo Frenkel – conductor

Other: acceptable for people with disabilities

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A modern venue hosting concerts, theatrical performances, exhibitions, congresses, conferences, and other prestigious cultural and community events.

The multifunctional ICE Kraków Congress Centre is one of the most attractively situated and designed venues of this type in Europe. Opened in 2014, the modern venue hosts concerts, theatrical productions, exhibitions, congresses, conferences, and other prestigious cultural and community events. The high standard of the building has ranked it among the most exclusive and award-winning congress centres in Europe.

The ICE Kraków offers three impressive halls: Auditorium, Theatre, and Chamber with 2000, 600, and 300 seats respectively, plus an additional complex of conference halls. Its pride and hallmark is the all-glass three-storey lobby opening onto the Vistula and offering a magnificent view of Wawel and the Church “on the Rock”.

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