Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
13.03.2014 6.30 p.m.
14.03.2014 11.00 a.m.
The Nutcracker is a fairy tale depicting the world of children's hopes and dreams. Tchaikovsky's excellent music leads the audience into a fantastic domain of stories by E.T.A. Hoffmann with beloved fairy tale characters. The family Silberhaus are making the last preparations for the Christmas Eve supper. Clara and her brother Fritz, together with their parents, impatiently await the arrival of their guests. According to tradition this is the night when children receive presents. Drosselmeyer, Clara's godfather, appears dressed as Santa Claus and begins to take out presents from a huge sack...
16.03.2014 6.30 p.m.
Tosca is one of the most popular pieces composed by Giacomo Puccini. Since its premiere in 1900 it has been enrapturing music lovers all over the world. The opera is very dynamic, both its plot and music are energetic and diversified. The composer used leitmotifs, in accordance with Richard Wagner’s idea (there were over 60 composed especially for Tosca). Tosca is an opera composed in verismo style, hence there are many realistic, even brutal scenes here, which can be rarely seen in operas of bel canto.
Three noted singers will sing the title role in the latest production of the Grand Theater Łódź: Monika Cichocka and Ewa Vesin. The role of Cavaradossi will be sang by Sylwester Kostecki, Tomasz Kuk, Dominik Sutowicz and Paweł Skałuba and the role of baron Scarpia will be sang by Aleksander Teliga and Adam Szerszeń.
Ludwig A. Minkus
20.03.2014 6.30 p.m.
The Don Quixote ballet was created by Marius Petipa, the choreographer, and Ludwig Minkus, the composer. Despite the fact that the piece is almost 150 years old, it still appeals both to the audience and artists. Marius Petipa used an episode about Gamache's wedding party from Miguel Cervantes' novel, while writing the libretto. This episode has often been used by various choreographers, but Petipa's staging in Gorsky's version is the most famous one.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
23.03.2014 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...
28.03.2014 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.
30.03.2014 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.
02.04.2014 6.30 pm
La Bohème was a huge success already at its preview in 1896. The audience was delighted with a completely new environment for the opera- that of the young Parisian intellectuals enjoying their lives and flourishing artistically: in poetry, painting, philosophy and music. In the same time, however, they lived in abject poverty. Puccini was the first to show so suggestively the outskirts of Parisian society of fin-de-siècle...
10.04.2014 6.30 pm
Golden Masque Award for MILAN DAVID for Best set design of the season 2006-2007 in CARMEN
Carmen is one of the most popular operas in the world. What is astonishing, the premiere of Bizet's work, which took place in 1875 in Paris, was a complete failure, very difficult to bear for the author. The piece shows a story of a passionate Gypsy smuggler, full of eroticism, inciting soldiers to desertion and dancing and singing in taverns. It did not really go with the traditional vision of the opera. At first the press called the performance immoral and wanted it to be forbidden for the young audience. However, the theme, so unusual for the opera, soon became the biggest advantage of the work...
13.04.2014, 6.30 p.m.
With his early work, Nabucco, Verdi took his first step in his great career as a composer. Nabucco is a monumental, romantic and dramatic show with arias of extraordinary beauty and the most recognizable Va pensiero, an impressive cantabile aria for choir sung unison...
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.
Beginnings of the Łódź Opera are dated back to the 18th of October 1954, the date of the first opera production premiere in the city. It was Stanisław Moniuszko’s The Haunted Manor, produced entirely in Łódź. The Łódź Opera was founded by Sabina Nowicka, Mieczysław Drobner and Władysław Raczkowski, who first established an Opera Studio, which later became the first opera theater in Łódź.
The opera performances were at first staged in Teatr Nowy and Stefan Jaracz Theatre. The company managed to create superb modern productions, which were hugely acclaimed by the audience. During its 12-year-long existence the Łódź Opera produced over 30 shows, many of which went down in history of Polish opera.