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Roman Statkowski's "Maria" on the Stage of the Baltic Opera
2013-08-21Already on 25 August, as part of the Solidarity of Arts Festival, the premiere of Roman Statkowski's opera, „Maria” will take place, performed by artists from the Baltic Opera. The next shows will be 27 and 29 August. Łukasz Borowicz took on the direction of the musical side of the project and Michael Gieleta the staging. In the lead role we hear Izabela Matuła, as Wacław – Paweł Skałuba, while for Miecznik – Leszek Skrla. The soloists will be accompanied by the Bałtycki Teatr Tańca and the Choir and Orchestra of the Baltic Opera conducted by Łukasz Borowicz.
Marek Weiss said about the circumstances surrounding the preparation for the Gdańsk premiere:
"When the tireless explorer of forgotten Polish works, Łukasz Borowicz, recorded a CD with Roman Statkowski's opera Maria, whose libretto is based on a romantic poem by Antoni Malczewski, I decided to present this work as soon as possible in the Baltic Opera. I imagined the difficulty in putting the borderland climates of distant times on the stage and I thought about a staging in the spirit Moniuszko, Sienkiewicz and Matejko, dedicated 'to uplifting hearts'. I think that from time to time, there should be noble images on our stages, in spite of all fashions and trends. It would take along time for me to explain why I still think so, even though I myself often move old libretti to contemporary realities.
And here a very promising English director with Polish roots, Michael Gieleta, anticipated my intention and presented Maria at the very interesting Irish opera festival in Wexford, where his bravura staging was met with great success. Alert, as ever in such cases where Polish art is appreciated in the wider world, Paweł Potoroczyn, director of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, convinced me that it is worth showing this performance in Gdańsk and helped us establish close and productive collaboration with Wexford in this matter.
Since the staging refers directly to martial law and Gdańsk realities, it seemed to us reasonable to suggest the premiere as one of the events of the festival 'Solidarity of Arts', which for yet another year will build bridges between different types of artistic activity, between historical divisions and world view orientations, and whose name, thought out by the undersigned, aimed to restore the proper meaning of the word, once so sacred to us, SOLIDARITY. "
The Polish Music Library is the youngest member of the top flight of Polish libraries, exceptional in terms of its collection and unrivalled for accessibility. It is maintained by PWM Edition, the biggest Polish publisher of sheet music and books about music, which thanks to its international prestige effectively promotes the output of Polish composers around the world. PWM sums up this project, which has been realised since 2017, with an attractive animation presenting the process through which its resources have been digitised.
Does music call for gender equality? It can surely defend itself. Nonetheless, the artistic advantages of excellent present-day women-composers and their eminent predecessors are worthy of being noticed and highlighted. Women have their separate and distinctive voice in Polish music. In recognition of the need to acknowledge that voice, on 29th January ANAKLASIS will release the CD POLISH HEROINES OF MUSIC, comprising orchestral works by Elżbieta Sikora, Hanna Kulenty, Grażyna Bacewicz, and Agata Zubel.
A panorama of compositional output combining Polish and Yiddish inter-war hits with sorrowful, despairing tangos from the Ghetto. The disc Bajgelman. Get to Tango represents a twenty-first-century take on the output of the outstanding musician Dawid Bajgelman, from Łódź. These arrangements and reworkings of selected works by one of the greatest composers of Jewish theatre music were produced by the outstanding musician and composer Jarosław Bester. The album comes out on 11 December.
The ANAKLASIS record label, created by PWM just one year ago (on 22 November 2019), already boasts sixteen albums, and it shows no signs of slowing down, with further releases announced.
PWM Edition has launched a campaign and an international educational project, which brings the works by Polish composers closer to the audiences worldwide. ‘Music from Chopin’s Land’ encompasses more than just pieces by Chopin – it also means Paderewski, Szymanowska, Moniuszko, Kilar, Kurpiński and many other composers.
On 7 November 2020, during a gala broadcast on TVP Kultura, the laureates of the 10th edition of the Coryphaeus of Polish Music awards were announced. The award for Event of the Year went to the premiere of Aleksander Nowak’s opera Drach. Dramma per musica, given at the AUKSODRONE festival. Aleksander Nowak’s work, to a libretto by Szczepan Twardoch based on his heralded novel, was rewarded for ‘emphasising local dimensions in universal processes, for the strength of its musical and cultural message’.
Paderewski was a great composer. Herdzin is a great improviser. The fusion of the worlds of these two musical giants has given rise to a new phenomenon, which we share with you today. On the 160th anniversary of the birth of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, it is time to prick up our ears to the most beautiful impressions on his music.
On 30 September, the call for applications for the International Composition Contest for Wind Orchestra Warsaw Wind Ensemble Composition Contest 2020 was closed. From almost 50 applications, the jury selected seven laureates and distinguished five compositions.
In the year of the exceptional jubilee, the composer's 90 birthday, a unique album is published in the ANAKLASIS catalogue, devoted to the chamber vocal and instrumental works of Twardowski. They are performed by the world-famous bass-baritone, Tomasz Konieczny, and an outstanding pianist, Lech Napierała.
The songs of Stanisław Moniuszko and Romuald Twardowski are widely known and appreciated both by the public and the musical world. But what if we could get to know these pieces from the inside out? Two world-class musicians invite you to a unique master class experience – delivered straight to your doorstep! The acclaimed bass-baritone Tomasz Konieczny and the ingenious pianist Lech Napierała will be the guides to those who are curious about the most beautiful Polish songs. The online Song Master Class program is launching now.