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THE HAUNTED MANOR

THE HAUNTED MANOR

This is one of the most important Polish stage works, full of delightfully poetic depictions of old Polish customs. “The Haunted Manor” glorified the Polish nobility and was intended to soothe fresh wounds, lift the spirits and even encourage Poles to organize an armed bid for independence. Moniuszko achieved the highest level of artistry of both the entire work and its beautiful details: lyrical pathos, dramatic tension and evocative power, as well as the uniquely charming and melodious musical score, deeply rooted in the Polish tradition, yet marked with the composer’s individual style.

SYNOPSIS

Brothers Stefan and Zbigniew return from a victorious war expedition, and make a vow to remain single. The happy welcome home is interrupted by the arrival of their aunt Cześnikowa, who wants to marry them off. The brothers have different priorities, though, and focus on collecting money they are owed. Their debtor has two beautiful daughters, which worries Cześnikowa: attempting to put the nephews off visiting the Kalinów manor, she tells them that it is haunted. When that does not work, she starts spreading nasty rumours about the brothers to Jadwiga and Hanna, asking the girls to discover the truth themselves. The matchmaker’s intrigues, the unruly feelings of the young and the haunted manor in the background proved to be a recipe for success. Accompanied by picturesque passages that join elements of the plot, genre scenes and colourful episodes, the end result is the greatest Polish opera, which has entertained audiences for centuries.

PRODUCTION

“The Haunted Manor” inaugurated the activity of the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic. The production was prepared with similar intentions that accompanied its world premiere: the conviction that it is worth promoting our own works, exploring our culture and possibilities. The mazurka was performed by dancers of the “Mazowsze” National Folk Song and Dance Ensemble. Paweł Dobrzycki dedicated the beautiful set design, which made use of paintings held at the Wilanów Palace Museum, to Magdalena Tesławska, eminent Polish set and costume designer, whose costumes for Jerzy Hoffman’s film “With Fire and Sword” he used in the production. The performance also employed live horses, elevating the production to truly Sarmatian proportions.


World premiere: 28 IX 1865, Teatr Wielki, Warsaw
Premiere: 28 IX 2012

IX 2012
3 hrs (two 20 min intermissions)
Polish
45–100 PLN
Main Stage
Odeska 1

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Authors

Music: Stanisław Moniuszko
Libretto: Jan Chęciński

Creators

Music Director: Mieczysław Dondajewski
Director, Adaptation: Roberto Skolmowski
Set, Costume and Lighting Designer: Paweł Dobrzycki
Choreographer: Emil Wesołowski
Choir Director: Violetta Bielecka
Multimedia Designer: Daria Woszek
Vocal Director: Dariusz Grabowski
Producer: Damian Tanajewski

Poster Designer: Andrzej Strumiłło

CREATIVE TEAM

Assistant Conductor: Tadeusz Płatek
Assistant Director: Daria Woszek, Hanna Różankiewicz
Assistant Set Designer: Joanna Piestrzyńska
Assistant Choreographer: Ewa Zając, Jarosław Sołowianowicz
Pianiści-Korepetytorzy: Justyna Jabłońska, Karina Komendera, Anna Krzysztofik-Buczyńska, Robert Marat
Pianist-Choir Répétiteur: Jolanta Aleksiejuk, Monika Bierć, Joanna Jurczuk, Małgorzata Kostrubiec-Karpiuk
Set Design Studio Director: Małgorzata Szostakowska
Sound, Lighting and Multimedia Studio Director: Grzegorz Falkowski
Lighting Technicians: Krystian Kobierski, Barbara Choroszkiewicz, Mateusz Łukaszuk
Sound Technicians: Daniel Baranowski, Karol Kopeć
Multimedia Technicians: Wojciech Oksztol, Adam Ostaszewski, Adam Puciłowski
Chief Stage Technician: Tomasz Parejko
Stage Technicians: Jarosław Bancerek, Piotr Przygoda
Set Construction Crew: Michał Bowsiuk, Artur Chajęcki, Dominik Gruszewski, Marcin Korsak, Tomasz Kossakowski, Rafał Mlenko, Łukasz Nieścierewicz, Mariusz Rybaczek, Andrzej Świderski, Paweł Wysocki
Theatrical Make-up: Dorota Sabak, Monika Żukowska, Marta Lewkowska, Anna Łopatecka, Marta Szałaj
Wig Stylist: Dorota Król
Hairstyles: Mariusz Terechowicz
Prop Master: Daniel Bąkowski
Wardrobe Supervisors: Barbara Rożko, Tamara Fiedoruk, Teresa Kiejko, Danuta Marczuk, Eliza Matejczyk, Grażyna Polak, Marzena Śmietało
Planning Managers: Agnieszka Hryniewicka, Joanna Godlewska

Cast

Hanna
Agnieszka Dondajewska / Dorota Wójcik / Anna Wolfinger / Hanna Różankiewicz
Jadwiga
Agnieszka Rehlis / Joanna Motulewicz / Elżbieta Wróblewska-Rydzewska
Stefan
Rafał Bartmiński / Pavlo Tolstoy / Tomasz Kuk
Zbigniew
Wojtek Gierlach / Grzegorz Szostak
Cześnikowa
Anna Lubańska / Sylwia Złotkowska
Miecznik
Adam Kruszewski / Krzysztof Caban
Old Lady
Wanda Bargiełowska-Bargeyllo
Skołuba
Piotr Nowacki / Grzegorz Szostak
Damazy
Aleksander Kunach / Przemysław Borys
Maciej
Zenon Kowalski / Taras Kuzmych / Marek Murawa (adept)
Marta
Karolina Kuklińska / Maria Mitrosz
Grześ
Tomasz Tracz

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

Mazurka Dancers

“Mazowsze” National Folk Song and Dance Ensemble

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