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HALKA (VILNIUS VERSION)

Halka (Vilnius version)

Halka—a woman. Halka—a lover. Halka—a mother. Halka, a person from nowhere. A stranger, even though apparently the same as others. Excluded, even though allowed to live in a love duet, in a community. The eponymous heroine of Moniszko’s opera has many times returned to the Polish stages since its premiere in Vilnius in 1848. It used to be a story about a mésalliance of a young master with a peasant girl and a parable of social stratification. What will it turn out to be today? In a world existing after an over-dreamt revolution, where the topic of exclusion has moved on from the area of serfdom to the area of economic class system? What will the heroine clash with in a new social hierarchy, in a world torn by disputes about the future of a multicultural Europe?

PRODUCTION

Agnieszka Glińska is a director known for her concentration on character psychology. Alert to human perplexities, in her theatre productions she knocks the characters out of usual patterns, she moves us through combining the tragic with the comic. Her inadequate heroine entangled in a passion, and then betrayed and abandoned, will be seen in the full register of emotions—insightfully and up close. The dances and polonaises, along with Moniuszko’s entire palette of Polishness will surprise us by the potential with which it lends itself to updating.

Text: Ula Ryciak for the Grand Theatre—National Opera
Biographical notes: Aleksandra Piętka / Grand Theatre—National Opera


World premiere: 1 I 1848, Vilnius
Premiere of this production: 8 VI 2019, Grand Theatre—National Opera

For viewers aged 16 and over
Co-production: Grand Theatre—National Opera
Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

X 2019
1 hr 30 min
Polish
Main Stage
Odeska 1

Authors

Music: Stanisław Moniuszko
Libretto: Włodzimierz Wolski
Instrumentation and score preparation: Michał Dobrzyński

Creators

Conductor: Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk
Director: Agnieszka Glińska
Set Designer: Monika Nyckowska
Costume Designer: Katarzyna Lewińska
Choreography: Weronika Pelczyńska
Lighting Designer: Jacqueline Sobiszewski
Video Projections: Franciszek Przybylski
Choir Preparation: Violetta Bielecka
Assistant Director: Barbara Wiśniewska
Poster: Adam Żebrowski

Cast

Cześnik
Paweł Czekała
Zofia
Katarzyna Szymkowiak
Janusz
Łukasz Klimczak
Marszałek
Dariusz Machej
Jontek
Kamil Zdebel
Halka
Ilona Krzywicka

Guest, Young man
Paweł Cichoński

Guests
Bogdan Kordy
Kiryll Lepay
Artur Mądry

Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir

Dancers/performers

Magdalena Fejdasz
Daniela Komędera-Miśkiewicz
Małgorzata Mielech
Aleksandra Osowicz
Łukasz Przytarski
Gieorgij Puchalski
Stefano Silvino
Monika Szpunar
Adi Weinberg-Prejna

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