BEFORE THE PREMIERE
Premiere 18 October 2014
The Haunted Manor was the first opera presented in the Łódź Opera. On the 60th anniversary of this event, we have decided to stage Moniuszko's opera once again in our theater. We believe that every opera house in Poland should have this piece in its repertoire. The Haunted Manor is a great Polish opera, which combines Polish music tradition with motifs taken from the Italian comic opera.
The piece is about two brothers, Stefan and Zbigniew, who vouch not to ever get married. They are, however, manipulated by their family to change their minds and take interest in two sisters, Hanna and Jadwiga. Our Haunted Manor will definitely be worth seeing.
It is directed by Krystyna Janda.
In order to celebrate our jubilee, we have decided to organize a one of a kind event. 60 years after the first presentation of The Haunted Manor in Łódź, we would like to present the Grand Gala of the 2014/2015 Season, which will hopefully encourage you to visit us in the next season.
Please join us on the 27th of September at 7 pm on the square in front of the Theater for the opera under and with the stars. You will be able to hear and see the greatest "hits" of opera and ballet - those that you already know and like and those which will be presented in our Theater in the next season. We have prepared many great surprises; we are sure that you will have a wonderful time.
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.