In mid-May, the Teatr Wielki ? Polish National Opera will host an opera picnic as part of the European Opera Days. The event has a 10-year tradition that spans the entire Old Continent. The occasion is celebrated with a range of events aimed at popularising this cultural field, extending the ranks of opera lovers, and incorporating opera in the mainstream. Thus, the Polish National Opera offered a number of attractions for those in attendance, including a literary salon (meetings with authors of publications issued by the Theatre), a sale of costumes, fine arts workshops for the youngest audience, ballet classes, guided tours of the Theatre, an exhibition of hats (Cały teatr na naszej głowie [The whole theatre on our mind]), and an open-air stage in front of the Theatre, which hosted film screenings and the announcement of the repertoire for the upcoming artistic season.
In the 2017/18 season, the Teatr Wielki ? Polish Naitonal Opera will present four new operas (Ludomir Różycki?s Eros and Psyche, Karol Szymanowski?s The Infatuated Muezzin. Szymanowski ? Eastern Inspirations, Sergei Prokofiev?s The Fiery Angel, and George Bizet?s Carmen), one musical drama (Claude Debussy?s Pelléas and Mélisande), as well as two ballets (Robert Bondara/Jacek Tyski/Jacek Przybyłowicz?s Polish Ballets and John Neumeier?s The Lady of the Camellias). Another important event will be the 9th Days of Dance (10-26 november 2017), featuring as many as seven performances: Polish Ballets, Chopiniana/Bolero/Chroma and Darkness by the Polish National Ballet; Brahms Variations/A short ballet/Change/Coming together (first night) and Vessels/Chaconne/Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven (second night) by the New York-based Dance Theatre of Harlem; The Rite of Spring/Krzesany by the Lodz Grand Theatre and Venezuela by the Batsheva Dance Company of Tel Aviv.
The choreographies for the premiere presentations will be prepared by: contemporary dance choreographer Jacek Przybyłowicz (Carmen), whom the Warsaw audience knows from such pieces as A few short sequences (2005), Alpha Kryonia Xe (2006) and Szymanowski?s Sympnoy no. 3 Song of the Night; actor and choreographer Tomasz Wygoda, who has honed his skills around the world, choreographing such pieces as Oresteia (directed by Michał Zadara, Teatr Wielki ? Polish National Opera), The Ring of the Nibelung (Gergiev/Tsypin/Zeldin, Mariinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg/Covent Garden London), La Boh?me (directed by Mariusz Treliński, Washington Opera), or King Roger (directed by Mariusz Treliński, Mariinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg); and English guest director Joseph Alford, one of the two artistic directors at the avant-garde Theatre O company, famous for its expressive and inventive ?virtual poetry? pieces. While at the Teatr Wielki ? Polish National Opera, Alford will choreograph Pelléas and Mélisande
The first dance premiere of the upcoming season (10 November 2017) is the Polish Ballets nightcomprising three choreographies: Robert Bondara?s The Nymph of Lake Switez to the music of Eugeniusz Morawski, Jacek Tyski?s Sextour to the music of Aleksander Tansman and Jacek Przybyłowicz?s Violin Concerto no. 2 to the pieces of Karol Szymanowski. This new production has been developed to celebrate the upcoming centenary of Polish independence. A tribute to outstanding composers, authors of the musical landscape of the interwar period who, while celebrated internationally, have only recently began to be discovered and honoured at home. This thoroughly Polish music will be accompanied by ballets by young yet experienced choreographers, of whom each has developed their own, original choreographic language. The project offers an intriguing juxtaposition of classical, almost centenarian musical compositions with brand new dance pieces.
The contemporary Polish Ballets project will be counterbalanced by John Neumeier?s The Lady of the Camellias (premieres on 20 April 2018). The American choreographer?s style is rooted in the classical dance technique, enriched with acting expressions and highly demanding acrobatic showcases by individual dancers. This 1978 ballet has attracted interest from some of the most eminent ballet companies around the globe, with only a handful authorised to stage it, including the Hamburg Ballet (since 1987), the Paris Opera (since 2006), and the Bolshoi Theatre (since 2014). The libretto for The Lady of the Camellias was written based on the book by Alexandre Dumas (fils), recounting the story of Armand Duval?s fatal infatuation with Marguerite Gauthier. The Warsaw premiere of the piece is a much anticipated event.
The Teatr Wielki ? Polish National Opera opens its audience to a diverse repertoire comprised of classical and modern pieces, choreographed and performed by established and emerging artists, with the hope that all music and dance lovers will be able to find something up their alley. Moreover, the flexible ticket subscription plans allow viewers to schedule their outings throughout the entire season. One may opt or the subscription plan for all premieres at the Moniuszko Hall and Chamber Hall, focus on a selected field of art, or customize their own plan for selected seven opera and/or ballet nights.
Compiled by: Agnieszka Rutkowska-Sagata
Starting 19 June 2017, the Teatr Wielki ? Polish National Opera will begin to accept bookins and sell tickets for all performances.
The Polish National Opera has prepared a choice of eight ticket subscription plans for the 2017/18 season, tailored to the audience?s individual interests. Individual and single ticket plans guarantee numbered seats for designated performances. In six subscription plans, tickets are offered with a 10% discount (Opera i Balet: A to Polska właśnie; Opera: Władcy, herosi, amanci; Opera: Muzy, heroiny, primadonny; Balet: Wielka klasyka; Balet: Tylko u nas; IX Dni Sztuki Tańca).
In the upcoming season, the Theatre will continue to sell educational ticket subscription plans dedicated to children and their legal guardians, as well as a special ticket subscription plan for adults.
Those who have previously subscribed to a ticket plan and wish to revalidate them for the upcoming season should do so at the seat of the Theatre between 1-7 June 2017.
Those who wish to join the group of ticket plan subscribers with the upcoming season are welcome to do so at the seat of the Theatre by 8 June 2017.
Detailed information on ticket subscription plans can be obtained from the Office of Audience Services from Monday to Friday (9 am ? 5 pm) and by phone at + 48 22 69 20 210.
The number of ticket subscription plans is limited.
Ticket subscription plans: http://teatrwielki.pl/bilety/abonamenty-201718/