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‘Der Schauspieldirektor’ - After the Première

‘Der Schauspieldirektor’ - After the Première

The première of ‘Der Schauspieldirektor’, a comic singspiel by W.A. Mozart, directed Beata Redo-Dobber under the music direction of Tomasz Tokarczyk, took place on 15 July. Two performances in the new version crowned the 24th Summer Festival of the Kraków
This is the first staging of this rare singspiel by Mozart in the history of the Kraków Opera; it recounts the adventures of an impresario trying to compile an ensemble for the new opera company. The musical content of the single-act piece was extended with arias and duets of the brilliant Salzburg composer: among others from ‘The Magic Flute’, ‘Cost Fan Tutte’ or the dramatic scene of Electra from ‘Idomeneus, King of Crete.’
The performance was prepared by director Beata Redo-Dobber (in line with the staging concept of Bogusław Nowak), music director Tomasz Tokarczyk and set designer and costume designer Ryszard Melliwa. The libretto of ‘Der Schauspieldirektor’ is like a mirror for the theatre and the people that create it. In the staging of the Kraków Opera, the performers and the audience are also at the opposite sides of the mirror. However, their places - designated by tradition - have been reversed: the audience sits on the stage, while the plot of the comedy takes place among the audience seats.

‘(...) I enjoyed the performance primarily on account of the excellently presented music.
 It was a pleasure to watch and to listen to the Gierlach brothers, Wojciech and Robert, who frequently perform at the Kraków stage, Paweł Trojak, making his guest début here, whom I remember as a laureate of the International A. Sari Competition in Nowy Sącz. As usual, Michał Kutnik and Jarosław Bielecki were comic and sang well. I did not expect that Magdalena Barylak has such great comic talent; due to her voice, she has been cast as a tragic character to date. Monika Korybalska, Karolina Wieczorek and Zuzanna Caban also sang beautifully; they once again confirmed the great teaching skills of Katarzyna Oleś-Blacha, as they are her pupils. The teacher also had an opportunity to show off her talents,’ wrote editor Anna Woźniakowska.

On 15 and 16 July the performers were: Wojciech Gierlach (Frank, the impresario), Michał Kutnik (Eiler, fiancé of Madame Pfeil), Robert Gierlach (Buff, impresario’s assistant, singer), Paweł Trojak (Herz, actor, tragic singer), Jarosław Bielecki (Monsieur Vogelsang, tenor, husband of Madame Vogelsang), Monika Korybalska (Madame Pfeil, singer), Magdalena Barylak (Madame Krone, tragic singer), Zuzanna Caban (Madame Vogelsang, young, promising artist), Katarzyna Oleś-Blacha (Madame Herz, tragic actress, wife of Monsieur Herz), Karolina Wieczorek (Madmoiselle Silberklang, coloratura soprano), Jacek Wróbel (Mozart), as well as Jarosław Dijuk, Marek Gerwatowski, Malika Tokkozhina, Paulina Cisłowska, Julia Galambos, Klaudia Wójcicka and the Opera Orchestra conducted by Tomasz Tokarczyk.