It was on 30th January 2021, during the live broadcast of play The Gypsy Baron, that the VOX OPERA 2020 awards took place – the winners were Jan Sady and Consultronix company. On 29th March, which was the first anniversary of the death of the great Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, we recalled The Devils of Loudun, his first operatic work. This is a title of special importance to our theatre, since its premiere (directed by Laco Adamik) took place on 13th December 2008, during the ceremonial opening of the new Kraków Opera.
EVENTS with the participation of THE AUDIENCE
Thanks to the loosening of the restrictions, we managed to meet the audience at the end of the carnival, during the concert "New Year in Vienna – Shrovetide in Kraków." In addition to excerpts from works by composers such as I. Kálmán, F. Lehár and J. Strauss, without which it is difficult to imagine Shrovetide frolics, a passage from Così fan tutte by W. A. Mozart resounded, which whetted appetites for the March premiere.
The May warming brought the time of open-air sessions – it was in the beautiful space of the Botanical Garden of the Jagiellonian University that the concerts "Mozart. La ci darem la mano” and “Choirs at Dusk” were held. Arias and ensembles from Mozart's works well known to the public, such as The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute, as well as the most famous choral parts from the world's opera repertoire resounded amidst blooming azaleas, magnolias and rhododendrons. It was only in July that we returned to the oldest botanical garden in Poland – this time with G. Donizetti's Love drink.
The last weekend of June was traditionally marked by "Arias from the World’s Operas". In this year's edition, apart from the soloists of our theatre: Monika Korybalska, Katarzyna Oleś-Blacha and Tomasz Kuk, world-famous baritone Artur Ruciński performed as well. The Opera Ballet, Choir and Orchestra were conducted by Tomasz Tokarczyk. The concert coincided with a festive gala celebrating the centenary of Rzeczpospolita, so the programme simply had to include sections from Manru, the only stage work by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, the newspaper’s founder.
It was on 9th March that we opened the exhibition "Mozart at the Kraków Opera". The opera's Mezzanine abounded in costumes, archival posters, placards and photographs relating to old performances of works by Mozart in Kraków theatres. The exhibition could be visited during the interludes of performances and concerts until the end of the season.
The season ended with pleasant news – the Jury of the 15th Jan Kiepura Theatre Music Awards announced the nominations, three of which went to our theatre, and the winner of the Special Prize for lifetime achievement was Zofia de Ines-Lewczuk. Nominations were received by Katarzyna Oleś-Blacha (in the Best Female Opera Singer category), Tomasz Kuk (in the Best Male Opera Singer category) and Piotr Suchodolski (in the Best Theatre and Music Poster category). We will have to wait until 27th September for the results to be announced.
We sincerely hope that the next season will be uninterrupted, since it is then that we expect, among others, the world premiere of Wanda, an opera by Joanna Wnuk-Nazar, and the postponed (the third time is the charm…) premiere of the operetta Orpheus in the Underworld by Jacques Offenbach, directed by Włodzimierz Nurkowski. We look forward to the moment when we can meet you again in the building at 48 Lubicz St.!
Tickets for performances in the forthcoming season will be on sale from 23rd August – see the programme itinerary!