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Die tote Stadt


22 September Friday
Opera Hall
  • 60 zł; 80 zł; 120 zł; 180 zł

Erich Wolfgang Korngold was a child prodigy. He played tunes from Don Giovanni at age five, composed music at ten, and his teenage works were conducted and staged at famous European theatres by the greatest conductors of the time. He wrote Die tote Stadt at the age of 23, in 1920, and the work premiered in Hamburg and Cologne that same year. The libretto was based on Bruges-la-Morte (1892), a novel by Belgian symbolist Georges Rodenbach that became part of a protest against plans to transform the Flemish city of Bruges, a gem of medieval architecture, into a modern port. But it was not the nocturnal scenery of endangered Bruges that made the work a success (by 1924 it had played in Vienna, New York, Prague, Munich and Berlin), but the intriguing plot and ecstatic music. The world of the dead is mixed here with the world of the living, and protagonists Paul and Maria/Marietta float between dreams and reality. In Poland before World War II, following the opera’s European success it had its premiere in Lwów [today’s Lviv] in 1928 under the title Zamarły gród [The Lifeless Town]. The composer moved to the United States in the 1930s and wrote compositions for Hollywood, defining the style of American film music. Nominated four times for an Academy Award, he won two. Die tote Stadt by Korngold, whose person unites opera with cinema, seems the perfect theme for a directing project by Mariusz Treliński.

Director: Mariusz Treliński

Set design: Boris Kudlička

Teatr Wielki - National Opera Orchestra conducted by Finnegan Downie Dear


Paul - Jacek Laszczkowski

Marie/Marietta – Ewa Vesin

Frank/Pierrot – Tomasz Rak

Fritz – Szymon Mechliński

Brigitta – Bernadetta Grabias

Juliette – Maria Stasiak

Lucienne – Elżbieta Wróblewska

Gaston/Victorin – Pavlo Tolstoy

Albert – Mateusz Zajdel 



Costume design - Marek Adamski

Choreography -Tomasz Jan Wygoda

Dramaturgy - Małgorzata Sikorska - Miszczuk

Lighting design - Marc Heinz

Video projections - Bartek Macias

Hair and make-up - Łukasz Pycior

Chorus master - Mirosław Janowski

Children's chorus master - Danuta Chmurska

Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera


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Ticket price

  • 60 zł; 80 zł; 120 zł; 180 zł


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