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Moniuszko Auditorium
Paweł Szymański

Opera in two acts with prologue
Libretto: Maciej J. Drygas
In the original Polish with English surtitles
Premiere: 20/04/2013


duration: ca. 2 hrs without intermission

Conductor: Wojciech Michiewski
Director: Eimuntas Nekrošius
Set Designer: Marius Nekrošius
Costume Designer: Nadežda Gultiajeva
Lighting Designer: Audrius Jankauskas
Chorus Master: Bogdan Gola
Warsaw Boy's Choir Master: Krzysztof Kusiel-Moroz

Orchestra and Chorus of Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera
Fryderyk Chopin University of Music Warsaw Boy's Choir, Extras

Poster design: Adam Żebrowski
Photo: Krzysztof Bieliński
Trailer: Vita Maria Drygas


Qudsja Zaher - Olga Pasiecznik
Teacher (actor) - Andrzej Niemirski   
Carrier - Damian Konieczek

One of the most anticipated pieces of contemporary Polish music in recent years, commissioned by the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera. Qudsja Zaher is a story happening, like a myth, today and 1000 years ago, underthe water and on the stage, in the imagination and in the heart, in the ears and within the soul. It comprises a sorely beautiful, touching wave of music by Paweł Szymański; the poetic world of theatrical metaphors created by Eimuntas Nekrošius, who teaches an unusual lesson on how to direct music, and music alone; the documentary-like concreteness of Maciej J. Drygas – here the librettist, otherwise one of the most interesting Polish documentary film makers; the insightful and sensitive hand of conductor Wojciech Michniewski, who brings out what is the most delicate in the TW-PNO orchestra; phenomenal rapping by the Warsaw Boys’ Choir. Finally: a woman’s lamentation – performed by the unparalleled Olga Pasiecznik (the score was composed with her in mind) or Katarzyna Trylnik – from which the phrase “Greetings to you, death!” remains with us until the end. Forever.

TERYTORIA (TERRITORIES). A series of meetings with contemporary music - meetings in which we try to discover and sketch a new image of opera. The genre is changing its definition today, conquering new territories, drawing new meanings, proposing a new aesthetic. In this cycle we present the greatest works of contemporary music alongside debuts of Polish composers, works that are completely unknown next to classics of the avant-garde, debuts of Polish directors juxtaposed with productions staged by top European names. Opera is alive, doing well, and winking at us with Fenics’ cybernetic eye.

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