Lottery for Husbands, or Fiancé No. 69

Friday, November 17, 2023, 6:30 PM

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Lottery for Husbands, or Fiancé No. 69 holds a special place in Karol Szymanowski’s oeuvre. It is the only instance when the composer opted for the lighter genre of operetta. The play by the Kraków Opera artists was hedl at the Baltic Opera Festival in Gdańsk in Juy 2023. In November, Szymanowski's operetta comes to the Kraków Opera stage!

The plot is set in 1908 in America. A local car factory owner, Tobiasz Helgoland, has two sons, Charly and Darly. The bibulous rascals cross paths with a scheming impresario who travels across the country holding husband lotteries that attract the attention of old maids. Among those who turn up at one of the events is a Mrs Troodwood who buys a ticket for her unwed daughter, Sarah. Impressed by the girl, the roisterer Darly puts himself down for the lottery. Complications ensue but eventually the young couple develop feelings for each other and the whole affair ends in an engagement.

Karol Szymanowski
Lottery for Husbands, or Fiancé No. 69
libretto: Julian Krzewiński-Maszyński
premiere 14.07.2023 at the Baltic Opera Festival, Baltic Opera in Gdańsk 

Musical direction: Piotr Sułkowski
Direction: Marcin Sławiński
Libretto: Julian Krzewiński-Maszyński
Dialogues: Wojciech Tomczyk
Set design: Natalia Kitamikado
Costumes: Izabela Chełkowska-Wolczyńska
Choreography: Jarosław Staniek, Katarzyna Zielonka
Light direction: Ada Bystrzycka
Choir preparation: Janusz Wierzgacz
Multimedia: Stanisław Zaleski
Sound effects: Jędrzej Rusin

Other: acceptable for people with disabilities

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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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