The Year of Moniuszko, in which we celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of the “father of the Polish opera,” we shall end with a concert highlighting the most beautiful arias and duets from his works. Original, two-act version of the opera “Halka” premiered in Vilnius didn’t gain popularity. Moniuszko, encouraged by friends knowledgeable on the topic, added two acts, that featured what was later proved to be hits: Halka’s aria “Gdyby rannym słonkiem,” Jontek’s aria “Szumią jodły na gór szczycie,” and dances, such as the fiery mazur from the first act. In the Great Theatre in Warsaw, in 1858, has begun Moniuszko’s career as an originator of Polish opera. Polish national dances, especially polonaise and mazur, from village yards moved to noble manors.
Moniuszko’s arias and duets
Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir
Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk—conductor
Violetta Bielecka—choir preparation
In programme the most beautiful arias, duets, dances and overtures from Moniuszko’s repertoire