The 4th Festival of Baroque Opera Dramma per Musica
From August 31st to September 19th , the 4th edition of the Baroque Opera Festival Dramma per Musica will take place in Warsaw. The initiator and principle organiser of this project is the Dramma per Musica Baroque Lovers Association.
The opening event of this year’s Festival will be the festive Gala Concert, which will take place on August 31st at the Royal Castle. The programme will include the most beautiful arias and duets of the Baroque era taken from the operas of Vivaldi, Handel and Purcell. Accompanied by the Royal Baroque Ensemble orchestra, conducted by harpsichordist Lilianna Stawarz, the performers will include soprano Olga Pasiecznik mezzo-soprano Anna Radziejewska, countertenor Kacper Szelążek and bass Artur Janda.
An especially exceptional event of this year’s Festival will be the first staged performance of the opera „Alcina” by Georg Friedrich Handel from 1735, directed by the outstanding dancer and choreographer Jacek Tyski. The title role of Alcina will be sung by the wonderful soprano Olga Pasiecznik. Other roles include: mezzo-sopranos Anna Radziejewska, Joanna Krasuska-Motulewicz and Joanna Lalek, as well as soprano Olga Siemieńczuk. The tenor part will be performed by Karol Kozłowski, and the bass, Artur Janda. The musical director will be Lilianna Stawarz, together with the Royal Baroque Ensemble playing on baroque instruments.
Two performances of Alcina will conclude the Festival. The staged performance will be held in the new, unique artistic space offered by the post-industrial architecture of Small Warsaw, located in the Praga district of the city. The opera will be repeated in a concert version on the last day of the Festival at the W. Lutoslawski Polish Radio Concert Studio.
During the Festival, it will be possible to experience again last year’s premiere of the baroque opera „Farnace” by Antonio Vivaldi, with a libretto by Antonio Maria Lucchini. This staging, directed by Natalia Kozłowska and under the musical direction of Lilianna Stawarz, was an unprecedented success. The performance was extremely enthusiastically received by the public and critics alike and received international appreciation. Once again, we will hear roles performed by Anna Radziejewska, Elżbieta Wróblewska, and Urszula Kryger, amongst others, as well as Kacper Szelążek, Jan Jakub Monowid and Przemysław Baiński. They will be accompanied by the Royal Baroque Ensemble orchestra. „Farnace” is the only stage play in this year’s Festival to be performed at the The Royal Theatre in The Old Orangery, Royal Łazienki Museum. The concert version will be presented on the stage of the W. Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio.
Also at the Witold Lutosławski Studio there will be the possibility to hear the Georg Friedrich Handel’s serenata „Acis, Galatea e Polifemo” in a concert version performed by Dagmara Barna, Magdalena Pluta and Patryk Rymanowski, accompanied by the ensemble Gradus ad Parnassum under the direction of Krzysztof Garstka.
Further to the Festival’s offerings are chamber music concerts in which Polish, German, French and Italian baroque music will be presented.
At Polonia House, three open-air chamber concerts will take place at the newly opened Polonia Open Art Stage. „Music of the German Baroque” programme includes works by Georg Philipp Telemann and Johann Sebastian Bach amongst others. We will hear a young, talented singer — a laureate of festivals and a participant of the TWON Opera Academy – countertenor Rafał Tomkiewicz, who will be accompanied by a group of distinguished solo musicians. The French baroque will be represented in the concert „Music of the court of Louis XIV”, including works by Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre performed by soloists, soprano Iwona Lubowicz-Leśniowska, amongst others, and outstanding instrumentalists. Further music of the German baroque will be heard as well at the concert „Feather and Bow”, with works by Georg Philipp Telemann and recitations by Zbigniew Zamachowski.
In the Royal Castle there will be an intimate recital by the superb countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński. „Music of the Italian Baroque” includes works by Antonio Vivaldi, Nicola Fago and Francesca Cavalli. Jakub Józef Orliński will sing with the accompaniment of the ensemble Gradus ad Parnassum under the direction of Krzysztof Garstka.
As is the tradition of the Festival, an oratorio concert „Miserere” has been also planned. It will take place on September 1st in the Franciscan Church in the New Town. We will hear the wonderful „Litany” of Grzegorz Gorczycki, known as the ‘Polish Handel’, as well as the famous „Missa Requiem” and the „Psalms” of Damian Stachowicz performed by the young vocal artists: Dagmara Barna (soprano), Magdalena Pikuła (soprano), Weronika Rabek (alt), Przemysław Baiński (tenor), Maciej Falkiewicz (bass), the Choir Collegium Musicum of the University of Warsaw and the Royal Baroque Ensemble orchestra conducted by Andrzej Borzym.
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