• A meeting with directors

    “In terms of staging, opera has been clearly heading in the direction of extensive theatrical productions in recent years; hence the idea to invite directors who are proficient in both theatre and opera to the Opera Rara Festival projects. As a critic dealing mainly with theatre, I intend to look at opera with my guests […]
  • Vanda and the question of the meaning of her sacrifice

    The figure of the fearless, beautiful and wise ancient ruler of Poland, daughter of Prince Krakus, was depicted for the first time in the Polish Chronicle by Wincenty Kadłubek, who wrote: “She surpassed everyone so far in both beauty and charm, that you would think that nature was not generous but profligate with its gifts […]
  • Sigismondo, or fake news in the opera

    Sometimes a trivial thing is enough for them to ruin the country they are supposed to rule. They divide people, building walls of hostility between them. They destroy their enemies with libel and slander, disregarding the fact that their private vendetta brings doom to whole nations. Interestingly enough, these methods have hardly changed throughout history. […]
  • Bridges instead of walls – presenting the programme of the Opera Rara 2020 festival

    These works come from different epochs and represent different styles, but are connected by a common thought. They make us wonder why we are so eager to build walls around us, what are the consequences of this, and what to do to build bridges instead of them. Olga Tokarczuk, the winner of last year’s Nobel […]
  • All the festival roads

    Between tradition and modernity The Festival was inaugurated by the premiere of Hippolyte et Aricie – Jean-Philippe Rameau’s lyrical tragedy directed by Sjaron Minailo. A great challenge of the French Baroque turned out to be a field for experimentation for a contemporary artist. The Israeli director created the spectacle with elegance worthy of France, all […]
  • A new musical world

    Baroque arias and old songs from distant lands The artist picked up a bold selection of arias from French Baroque opera, English masque and Spanish zarzuela, which comprised the main part of the concert programme, juxtaposing them with traditional songs from Peru, France and the British Isles. In addition to the classic “Greensleves” tune, we […]
  • The Song and the Beautiful. Adriana Kučerova’s recital

    Slavic sentimentalism The recital programme alternated between joyful and humorous songs, such as Z jednej strony Moravy Suchonia, which was repeated for an encore, as well as lyrically sentimental ones, including Dobrú noc, má milá – a song opening Dvořák’s V národním tónu. Adriana Kučerová has been familiar with folk repertoire from a very early […]
  • The power of expression and mood

    Highest-quality poetry For her recital in Krakow, the artist selected songs dating back to the 19th and 20th century tradition of leading musical styles – German Lied and French mélodie, which were composed to the best poems of their times. Performing songs to the poems by wordsmiths such as Lenau, Eichendorff, Heine, Goethe, Hugo, Verlaine […]
  • The songs of love

    Lyrical confessions The programme of her recital included songs by three great Russian composers: Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Sergei Rachmaninov. In total, it featured nineteen romances, lullabies and serenades presenting the different shades and states of love – infatuation, fulfilment, anticipation, longing, and torment. The repertoire, which the artist learned by heart, comprised a […]


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