[CANCELED] Mozart and Salieri

Friday, March 18, 2022, 11:00 AM

  • Friday, March 18, 2022, 11:00 AM
  • Saturday, March 19, 2022, 6:30 PM
  • Sunday, March 20, 2022, 6:30 PM

Performances on 18, 19 and 20 March 2022 has been canceled!


The Kraków Opera presents a one-act opera by Rimsky-Korsakov in a spirit of the realism of the Mighty Five. One of Alexander Pushkin's 'little tragedies' under the same title was used by the composer as the libretto, in an almost unchanged form, hence the work is sometimes referred to as "Pushkin's dramatic scenes". The contents refer to the alleged circumstances of death of W. A. Mozart - according to the legend, the genius composer was poisoned by his rival Antonio Salieri, jealous of his talent (Peter Schaffer's subsequent play Amadeus and its film adaptation, directed by Miloš Forman and awarded eight Oscars, were created on the basis of similar themes).

The intimate character of the opera and the moderate means of artistic expression (few cast members, a strictly syllabic recitative that accurately reflects the intonation and accents of the language, sometimes transforming into a free arioso) fit into the strive for realism that returns to the history of opera now and again; at the same time, they provide a contrasting background for the quotes from Mozart's works, used by Rimsky (Zerlina's aria Batti, batti, the theme from ballet Les Petits Riens or, last but not least, the beginning of Requiem), enhancing their dramatic impact.

Direction: Fred Apke
Musical direction: Kai Bumann
Assistant of the director: Marta Klubowicz

Set design and costumes: Bożena Pędziwiatr
Premiere: 20 November 2021, Chamber Stage

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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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