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A revolution in the musical. Copernicus

A revolution in the musical. Copernicus

A groundbreaking discovery changing the way the world is seen forever; political games and historical transformations; finally hopeless love. In the Year of Nicolaus Copernicus, a musical is created based on the scientist's biography. Premiere on May 20 and 21 in Frombork; in autumn, you will be able to see "Copernicus" on the stage of our Theatre.
"He stopped the Sun, moved the Earth..." - although Nicolaus Copernicus is considered the greatest and most famous Polish scientist, his biography, full picture of his achievements and versatility worthy of a Renaissance man are not widely known today. 550 years after the birth and 480 years after the death of the astronomer, the Krakow Opera and the artists and producers invited to cooperate want to bring his story back to Polish pop culture, translating it into the language of the musical.

The libretto will refer to the most important events in the life of Copernicus - from his studies in Krakow, Padua and Bologna, through his return to Frombork, canon service, medical practice and astronomical research, participation in the coronation of Sigismund I the Old and the Prussian Homage, and finally the creation and publication of the Pentateuch "De revolutionibus" . There will also be space for the thread of the scholar's intellectual and emotional relationship with Anna Schilling. The authors of the show want to show the audience Nicolaus Copernicus - an outstanding astronomer, a great Pole, but also, simply - a man, open and full of scientific passion. “We do not want to take Copernicus off the pedestal. But we will let him put down the astrolabe for a moment and speak to us in a language that touches minds and hearts,” explain the creators.

The musical's libretto was created by the popular writer (and also a neurologist) Albena Grabowska, the author of, among others, the historical saga "The Century of the Guilty" filmed by Telewizja Polska. The lyrics of the songs were written by Daniel Wyszogrodzki - translator and theater author, specialist in the Polish and world musical scene, lecturer at the Theater Academy in Warsaw. The author of the music is Tomasz Szymuś - composer and arranger, lecturer at the Institute of Music at the Faculty of Art of the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn. The performance will be directed by Jakub Szydłowski, and the scenery will be created by Grzegorz Policinski. The musical direction of the premiere production will be taken over by Tomasz Szymuś.

The premiere performances will take place on May 20 and 21 on the Cathedral Hill in front of the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Andrew in Frombork. It was there that Copernicus conducted intensive astronomical research, and as a canon of the Frombork cathedral, he also rested there after his death. In the fall, the production will enter the permanent repertoire.