The choir of the Grand Theater Łódź is looking for new choir members, voices: soprano, alto, tenor and bass. The audition takes place on the 15th of May 2014 (Thursday) at 1:30pm, room 408 (entrance by the Jaracza street).
The program: Gypsy Chorus (Noi siamo zingarelle) and Chorus of the Matadors (Di Madride) from La Traviata and Gli Arredi Festivi chorus from Verdi's Nabucco, Habanera from G. Bizet's Carmen and any given piece. During the audition the candidates will be asked to sight read. Applications and CVs should be handed in in the secretariat of the Grand Theater Łódź (in person or via email to
firstname.lastname@example.org) till the 7th of May 2014.
The Theater does not reimburse the travel and accommodation costs.
Polish Radio External Service has broadcast an interview with our Music Director, Eraldo Salmieri, in which he discussed the artistic plans and initiatives of the Grand Theater Łódź. The interview was illustrated with music fragments from the Theater's productions. Mr. Salmieri talked about his dreams, music fascinations and pieces he would like to see produced in the Grand Theater Łódź. It is an interesting interview, definitely worth listening to. It was conducted in English.
BEFORE THE PREMIERE
18.04.2014 7.00 p.m.
Verdi's Messa da Requiem had its premiere on the 22nd of May 1874. Already before its first staging, the piece was described as "an opera in church robes" by a fervent Wagner's fan, German pianist and conductor Hans von Bulow. Verdi's Requiem is undoubtedly more than just a mass; it is a dramatic piece inspired by religious motifs. Verdi created a grand and expressive work, admired by audiences all over the world. Johannes Brahms, the creator of A German Requiem, characterized the piece shortly: "it could have only been composed by a genius." The unending popularity of Messa da Requiem proves that he was right.
Messa da Requiem will be performed by world famous opera singers:
SANJA ANASTASIA (mezzo-soprano) and KALUDI KALUDOW (tenor)
23.04.2014, 6.30 p.m.
24.04.2014, 11.00 a.m.
There are some 700 known versions of the Cinderella fairy tale. Giorgio Madia moved the story of Cinderella to 1950s, a decade he personally perceives as "a period of the rebirth of dreams, hope and optimism." Another great inspiration for the choreographer was Walt Disney's Cinderella, today's culture icon. Those inspirations were a base for the new version of the moving story of a girl bullied by her malicious stepmother and her awful daughters...
GIORGIO MADIA - Golden Mask Award winner for best direction of the season 2006/2007 for Cinderella
CORDELIA MATTHES - Golden Mask Award winner for best costumes and set design of the season 2006/2007 for Cinderella
26.04.2014 6.30 pm
Anna Bolena, the 26th opera composed by Donizetti, premiered on the 26th of December 1830 in Carcano Theater, Milan. The part of Anna Bolena was sung by Giuditta Pasta, a big opera star at the time. The show was very successful and it was soon staged in the greatest operas of the world. It became one of the most famous pieces of the opera seria genre, along with another Donizetti's work, Lucia di Lammermoor.
Another legendary staging of Anna Bolena was presented in La Scala, Milan in 1957. It was directed by Luchino VIsconti and the Anna Bolena's role was sung by prima donna assoluta Maria Callas. Ever since that day the title role of the opera has been sung by the greatest opera divas, such as Leyla Gencer, Beverly Sills, Katia Riciarelli, Renata Scotto, Montserrat Caballe, Joan Sutherland and Anna Netrebko, among others. Anna Bolena will now be staged in the Grand Theater Łódź for the first time. It will be the sixth Donizetti's opera presented here.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
premiere - 10 and 11 May 2014
premiere with Express - 13 may 2014
The story of Eugene Onegin will be presented on our stage for the third time, but for the first time it will be a ballet version of it. It was Alexander Pushkin's romantic poem and Tchaikovsky's expressive music that inspired the prominent Russian choreographer, Vasily Medvedev, to create this grand ballet show. Onegin has already been presented in Bratislava and Prague, where it was praised by the critics and acclaimed by the audience. There are many impressive crowd scenes, intimate duets and, most importantly, unique characters portrayed by magnificent choreography. The show is magic, beautiful, moving and as dramatic as Tchaikovsky's music.
08.05.2014 6.30 p.m.
One of the greatest operas of all time La Traviata, had its premiere 160 years ago in Teatro La Fenice (on the 6th of March 1853). In order to celebrate its anniversary and the Year of Verdi, we would like to present this piece to our audience.
Verdi composed La Traviata during the so-called "middle period" of his career. His contemporaries asked him once, which of his operas he believes to be his greatest achievement. He said that, as a composer, he would have to choose Rigoletto, but as a layman – La Traviata. It is not surprising, since it was Verdi’s dream to create a realist and contemporary opera. La Traviata is in fact the only contemporary opera created by Verdi. All the other pieces he created, depicted the human drama in historical setting. La Traviata is perceived today as a very "juicy" real-life opera with arias, ensembles, which today, 200 years after Verdi’s birth, are widely popular as separate pieces.
21.05.2014 6.30 p.m.
The Grand Theater Łódź finally has its production of one of the most popular and classic musicals. My Fair Lady, based on motifs from George Bernard Shaw's play Pigmalion, was created in 1956. Alan Jay Lerner was the author of the libretto, Frederick Loewe was the composer.
25.05.2014 6.30 p.m.
The first opening of Madama Butterfly in La Scala, Milan, on the 17th of February 1904 was not a successful one. However, the second premiere, which was held on the 28th of May that same year in Brescia, was very well received by the audience. Since then it has triumphed on numerous stages all over the world. The opera was first presented in Warsaw in 1908. The music score was inspired by the Orient, but Puccini combined the Japanese style with his own to create a truly unique and original score. Cio-Cio-San's arias are particularly interesting, since the highest soprano note ever used by Puccini, high D, appears there. The opera is very dynamic, but it also has many lyrical fragments. The tragedy develops gradually here. The piece shows a story of a woman who is an outcast among her people because of a feeling, which robs her of her identity.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
28.05.2014 6.30 p.m.
Mozart was encouraged by his old Viennese friend Emanuel Schikaneder to write The Magic Flute. Schikaneder was a writer, actor, director, and impresario, but also the author of the libretto of the opera. It was based on Lulu, or the Magic Flute, a fable by German poet Chris Wiegand. Schikaneder created a story full of symbolism and philosophical thoughts on one hand and magic tricks, monkeys, lions and snakes on the other. This way one of the most beautiful, mysterious and witty Mozart's operas was created...
Gray Veredon/Franz von Suppé i Michael Nyman
30.05.2014, 11.30 a.m
In 1999 Gray Veredon, a British choreographer fascinated with the history of the city of Łódź created a unique ballet show. He looked at its residents and development of social relations at the turn of the 20th century from his own perspective and dedicated his production to Łódź: to the past and the present of the city...