Opera Rara Festival 2019

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  • Thursday, January 31, 2019, 12:00 AM

Baroque and contemporary opera music resounds alongside vocal recitals. “The Opera Rara Festival expands the meaning of opera,” says Jan Tomasz Adamus, the festival’s Artistic Director.

 “Jacopo Peri invented this style of reciting by singing admired throughout Italy,” wrote – perhaps with a note of envy? – Marco da Gagliano, composer and witness to the creation of this brand-new musical genre. And although we have been communing with opera for over 400 years now, the admiration hasn’t eased up and the genre continues to surprise us. This year’s Opera Rara Festival (31 January – 17 February) is the perfect showcase, boldly intertwining two visions of opera: its traditional aspects and the latest controversial experiments.

During the opening we will see the lyrical tragedy Hippolyte et Aricie; Jean-Philippe Rameau’s opera has been prepared by the Israeli director and performer Sjaron Minailo whose entertaining arrangements also encourage contemplation on the contemporary world. In Mozart’s comedy of errors Così fan tutte (directed by Cezary Tomaszewski), we will hear the amateur choir alongside professional singers. Tomasz Cyz reaches for Benedetto Marcello’s Baroque Cassandra and David Lang’s 21st-century composition Just to weave a story of war, destruction, love and loss. The festival also welcomes the return of Philip Glass’s ascetic and abstract A Madrigal Opera, interpreted by Krzysztof Garbaczewski.

We will also hear a wide selection of the most important instrument in opera: the human voice. There will be recitals by the acclaimed soprano Danielle de Niese, the young countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński currently captivating international audiences, and Patricia Petibon – a maestro of coloratura and a personification of French chic. Evelina Dobračeva presents a selection of Russian songs, Sophie Karthäuser performs Lieder and mélodies, while Adriana Kučerová sings Slovak songs largely unknown in Poland. Let yourselves be captivated and surprised! (Barbara Skowrońska)

31 January, 2 February 2019, 7pm
3 February 2019, 3pm
ICE Kraków Congress Centre
Jean-Philippe Rameau
Hippolyte et Aricie
dir. Sjaron Minailo

1, 3, 4, 5 February 2019, 7pm
Cricoteka
Cassandra & Just
Benedetto Marcello: Cassandra
David Lang: Just
dir. Tomasz Cyz

6, 8, 10 February 2019, 8pm
MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow
Philip Glass
A Madrigal Opera
dir. Krzysztof Garbaczewski

7, 11 February 2019, 5pm
9 February 2019, 11am
10 February 2019, 3pm

Łaźnia Nowa Theatre
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Così fan tutte
dir. Cezary Tomaszewski

12 February 2019, 7pm
Juliusz Słowacki Theatre
Danielle de Niese | soprano
Matthew Fletcher | piano
In programme: Charles Gounod | George Frideric Handel | Georges Bizet | Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Giacomo Puccini | George Gershwin | Richard Whiting | Cole Porter | Victor Herbert | Franz Lehár | Agustín Lara

13 February 2019, 7pm
Juliusz Słowacki Theatre
Jakub Józef Orliński | countertenor
Michał Biel | piano
In programme: Giovanni Antonio Boretti | Giovanni Battista Bononcini | Johann Adolf Hasse | George Frideric Handel | Francesco Bartolomeo Conti | Luca Antonio Predieri | Karol Szymanowski | Tadeusz Baird | Paweł Łukaszewski

14 February 2019, 7pm
Collegium Novum UJ
Evelina Dobračeva | soprano
Semion Skigin | piano
In programme: Pyotr Tchaikovsky | Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov | Sergei Rachmaninoff

15 February 2019, 7pm
Collegium Novum UJ
Sophie Karthäuser | soprano
Eugene Asti | piano
In programme: Felix Mendelssohn | Fanny Mendelssohn | Clara Schumann | Claude Debussy | Un petit bestiaire

16 February 2019, 7pm
Collegium Novum UJ
Adriana Kučerová | soprano
Róbert Pechanec | piano
In programme: Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský | Eugen Suchoň | Antonín Dvořák | Béla Bartók | Leonard Bernstein | Jevgenij Iršai

17 February 2019, 7pm
Gallery of 19th-century Polish Art in Sukiennice
Nouveau monde
Patricia Petibon | soprano
La Cetra Barockorchester Basel
In programme: Tarquinio Merula | Henri le Bailly | melodie tradycyjne z Codex Martínez Compañón | José de Nebra | Henry Purcell | Marc-Antoine Charpentier | Jean-Philippe Rameau | George Frideric Handel

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