The Summer Festival of the Kraków Opera meant a return of the Opera to the outdoor stage in the Botanic Garden of the Jagiellonian University.
The fruits of the cooperation between the two institutions could be admired on 2, 3 and 9 July.
On 2 and 3 July, the impressive space of the Botanical Garden offered a backdrop for the adventures of the characters of ‘The Gypsy Baron’ operetta by J. Strauss. Together with Sandor, we learnt that love is a treasure more important than wealth and fame and that fate favours those who stay faithful to their hearts. The ‘fortune-telling cards’, i.e. quotations from the operetta that were distributed by the Opera employees before the performances, offered a pleasant diversion for the audience.
Cast of the performances:
Iwona Socha – Saffi, Adam Sobierajski – Sandor Barinkay, Jarosław Bielecki – Ottokar, Katarzyna Oleś – Blacha – Arsena, Leszek Skrla – Piotr Homonay, Michał Kutnik – Kalman Zsupan, Magdalena Barylak – Czipra, Agnieszka Cząstka – Niezgódka – Mirabella, Janusz Dębowski – Carnero, Jan Migała – Pali, Stanisław Knapik – Janos, Wiesław Popiołek – Writer, Marcin Herman – Ferko, as well as: the Choir, the Ballet and the Orchestra of the Kraków Opera conducted by Tomasz Tokarczyk.
On Saturday, 9 July we presented a music/ ballet performance ‘Carmina Burana’ by C. Orff. The Medieval songs of clerics and vagabonds were used by the composer as a libretto for a stage cantata, extolling the pleasures of the world reigned by the capricious Fortune. In the music and ballet staging of Orff’s piece, prepared for our Theatre by Tomasz Tokarczyk (music director), Bogusław Nowak (stage designer) and Emil Wesołowski (stage designer, choreographer), the music, choreography and movement intertwine and compete for the viewers’ attention. The charming setting of the oldest botanical garden in Poland was an ideal backdrop for the apotheosis of nature, love and Bacchic frenzy.
Cast of the performances:
Soloists: Katarzyna Oleś-Blacha (soprano), Adam Sobierajski (tenor), Mariusz Godlewski (baritone)
Dancers: Mizuki Kurosawa (woman, girl), Yauheni Yatskevich (man), Malika Tokkozhina, Paulina Cisłowska (girls), Gabriele Togni (swan, boy), Dzmitry Prokharau, Yauheni Raukuts (boys), as well as the ensemble of the Kraków Opera Ballet: Paulina Cisłowska, Julia Galambos, Bożena Kowalska, Anastasiya Krasouskaya, Sofia Manca, Dina Ratoń, Agata Steinke, Malika Tokkozhina, Weronika Wilczyńska, Klaudia Wójcicka, Teresa Żurowska, Andrei Kryshchanovich, Fabian von Lindern, Maciej Pluskowski, Dzmitry Prokharau, Yauheni Raukuts, Zoard Szabo, Gabriele Togni, Vadzim Trukhan, Yauheni Yatskevich, Andrea Zulian and the Orchestra, Choir and Children’s Choir of the Kraków Opera conducted by Tomasz Tokarczyk.