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THE GYPSY BARON

THE GYPSY BARON

One of the most renowned operettas in the history, “The Gypsy Baron” was also considered his biggest masterpiece by Johannes Strauss II himself. It was intended as an opera, as unusual dramatism and deeply lyrical text of its base, Mór Jókai’s “Sáffi” novella, seemed to require that kind of study. This is why such long and elaborate work was devoted to every character, aria, and scene. In the letter to the librettist, the composer confided: “Before leaving for a long, lone walk in the forest, I have been learning by heart a few of your verses, and there I wrote down the melody on the stiff cuffs of my shirt.” The world premiere’s reception was a landslide victory. What attracted attention was the fact that it was the very first Vienna operetta with Hungarians and Gypsies as main characters. The world of “The Gypsy Baron” shimmers with Romani and Hungarian milieu, and in the synopsis realistic plots intertwine with fairytale-like pictures of the Gypsy camp. Everything, of course, to the tacts of a fiery csárdás and a waltz that carries you away.

PRODUCTION

The action takes place a day before the war. Its dangerous vibe is there in the air. Despite the light and humourous libretto, one can sense a chilling atmosphere, bound up with the rise of social divisions between the citizens and immigrants. Both worlds are going to be visibly juxtaposed in the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic’s production. The first will be grotesquely realistic, while the second will be magical and mystic, as inspired by the pictures of Kusturica or Petrović.


World premiere: 24 X 1885
Premiere: 13 IX 2019

I–II 2020
2 hrs 25 min (including one 20 min break)
Polish
55–120 PLN
Main Stage
Odeska 1
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Authors

Music: Johann Strauss II
Libretto: Ignaz Schnitzer based on the novella “Sáffi” by Mór Jókai
Libretto translation: Krystyna Chudowolska
Libretto editing: Maria Sartova

Creators

Music Director: Bassem Akiki
Director: Maria Sartova
Set Designer, Animations: Damian Styrna
Multimedia, Animations: Eliasz Styrna
Choreography: Jarosław Staniek, Katarzyna Zielonka
Costume Designer: Anna Chadaj
Lighting Director: Maciej Igielski
Choir Director: Violetta Bielecka
Assistant Music Director/Conductor: Rafał Kłoczko
Assistant Director: Justyna Schabowska
Children’s Choir Conductor: Ewa Barbara Rafałko

CREATIVE TEAM

Executive Producer: Anna Jakubowska-Podsiad
Vocal Répétiteur: Tatiana Dranchuk
Pianist-Choir Répétiteur: Monika Bierć
Pianist-Accompanist: Karina Komendera, Anna Krzysztofik-Buczyńska
Stage Managers: Maria Mitrosz, Radosław Zabłocki
Sound Technicians: Krzysztof Wolfard, Jacek Dziemidowicz, Grzegorz Falkowski, Karol Kopeć, Michał Kuźmicki, Bogumił Maleszewski
Lighting Technicians: Mateusz Łukaszuk, Mateusz Bułatewicz, Karol Łobaczewski, Mateusz Roman Pawelec
Multimedia Technicians: Robert Burzyński, Piotr Grodzki, Anna Maria Ołdytowska, Adam Ostaszewski
Stage Technicians/Extras: Tomasz Parejko, Grzegorz Czarnomysy, Jarosław Bancerek, Daniel Bąk, Piotr Bielawski, Artur Chajęcki, Krzysztof Gromotowicz, Dominik Gruszewski, Marcin Korsak, Tomasz Kossakowski, Rafał Mlenko, Łukasz Nieścierewicz, Piotr Przygoda, Mariusz Szymański, Andrzej Świderski
Theatrical Make-up: Paulina Gudewicz
Make-up: Paulina Gudewicz, Marta Lewkowska, Magdalena Szałaj
Hairstyles: Natalia Karaś
Prop Master: Aneta Komenda
Wardrobe Supervisors: Barbara Rożko, Tamara Fiedoruk, Teresa Kiejko, Eliza Matejczyk, Grażyna Polak, Marzena Śmietało
Stage Technicians: Tomasz Dąbrowski, Jerzy Juszkiewicz, Kamil Niezgoda
Planning Managers: Agnieszka Hryniewicka, Joanna Dolecka, Ewa Gąsiewska, Joanna Głuszek, Dominika Kraśnicka, Joanna Maliszewska, Diana Wądołowska
Marketing, Advertising and Audience Services: Sylwia Lubiniecka, Katarzyna Baszko, Marzena Buzun, Ilona Godlewska, Marek Jóźwik, Ilona Karpiuk-Dąbrowska, Iwona Matosek, Alicja Olejnik-Kuźmicka, Iwona Pietrzyk, Kamil Uździło, Anna Woszczenko

Cast

Czipra
Anna Lubańska / Jolanta Wagner
Saffi
Adriana Ferfecka / Anna Wiśniewska-Schoppa
Barinkay
Rafał Bartmiński / Sławomir Naborczyk
Carnero
Sylwester Kostecki / Patryk Rymanowski
Ottokar
Łukasz Ratajczak / Bartłomiej Łochnicki
Arsena
Maria Domżał / Anna Wolfinger
Żupan
Remigiusz Łukomski / Grzegorz Szostak
Homonay
Arkadiusz Anyszka / Maciej Nerkowski
Mirabella
Joanna Motulewicz / Monika Ziółkowska
Janosz
Maciej Nerkowski / Krzysztof Stankiewicz
Pali
Bartłomiej Łochnicki / Artur Mądry

Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra, Choir and Children’s Choir

DANCERS

Katarzyna Gocał, Natalia Jóźwiak, Patrycja Magusiewicz, Hanna Mocarska, Klaudia Nierodzik, Anna Łaskarzewska, Daniel Gołub, Arkadiusz Jarosz, Tomasz Kaczyński, Karol Pruciak, Patryk Rybarski, Bartosz Statkiewicz

CHILDREN’S CHOIR

First cast: Maja Sobolewska, Emilia Dąbrowska, Rafał Dąbrowski, Juliusz Wdziękoński, Karol Niedźwiedź, Wiktor Celiński, Maja Błażko, Ignacy Lewicki, Paula Panasewicz, Kate Krywko-Doganay, Szymon Piotr Kozłowski, Amelia Gabrylewska
Second cast: Klara Tomkiel, Klaudia Golińska, Michał Siemieniuk, Jakub Warakomski, Wiktor Januszewski, Michał Michalczuk, Natalia Gulc, Mateusz Zakrzewski, Zuzanna Tarantowicz, Nina Kriksunowa, Buczyński Michał Jan, Amelia Barwiejuk

YOUNG DANCERS

Szymon Piotr Kozłowski and Amelia Gabrylewska
Michał Jan Buczyński and Amelia Barwiejuk

Dates

Sun 5 Jan 2020
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Sat 11 Jan 2020
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Sun 12 Jan 2020
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Fri 17 Jan 2020
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Sat 18 Jan 2020
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Sun 19 Jan 2020
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Sat 25 Jan 2020
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Sun 26 Jan 2020
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Fri 7 Feb 2020
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Sat 8 Feb 2020
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