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  • wednesday 2014-11-05 start 19:00

    Manru   Janusz Ratajczak

    Ulana   Małgorzata Grela

    Jadwiga   Małgorzata ratajczak

    Urok   Leszek Skrla

    Aza   Monika Ledzion

    Oros   Jacek Greszta

    Jagu   Łukasz Goliński

    Young Gypsy   Paweł Krasulak

    Young Girl   Magdalena Polkowska

    conductor: Maciej Figas

     

     

  • thursday 2014-11-06 start 19:00

    Manru   Sylwester Kostecki

    Ulana   Jolanta Wagner

    Jadwiga   Małgorzata Ratajczak

    Urok   Adam Woźniak

    Aza   Monika Ledzion

    Oros   Jacek Greszta

    Jagu   Łukasz Goliński

    Young Gypsy   Szymon Rona

    Young Girl   Krystyna Nowak

    conductor: Maciej Figas

  • saturday 2016-11-05 start 19:00

    ,anru   Janusz Ratajczak

    Ulana   Małgorzata Grela

    Jadwiga   Małgorzata Ratajczak

    Urok   Leszek Skrla

    Aza   Dorota Sobczak

    Oros   Jacek Greszta

    Jagu   Janusz Żak

    Młody Cygan    Szymon Rona

    Młoda Dziewczyna   Magdalena Polkowska

    conductor: Maciej Figas

  • sunday 2016-11-06 start 18:00

    Manru   Sylwester Kostecki

    Ulana   Jolanta Wagner

    Jadwiga   Małgorzata Ratajczak

    Urok   Leszek Skrla

    Aza   Monika Ledzion

    Oros   JacekGreszta

    Jagu   Janusz Żak

    Młody Cygan   Paweł Krasulak

    Młoda Dziewczyna   Krystyna Nowak

  • saturday 2018-03-03 start 19:00
  • sunday 2018-03-04 start 18:00
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Poster by Wiesław Wałkuski

The opera by  Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

Producers:

Music leader Maciej Figas

Directed by Laco Adamik

Set designer Milan David

Choreography Janina Niesobska

Choir master Henryk Wierzchoń

Soloists, Ballet,Choir,Orchestra of Opera Nova.

Premiere on21 October 2006

Duration 2h 45'

The return to the stage, after many years, of Ignacy Jan Paderewski’s opera Manru proved a major event, not only because it was a revival of the only Polish opera ever produced by the world’s premier company – the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The production by the Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz proved that Manru is much more than a 19th-century melodrama in folk costume, as it has been universally claimed. It is a work which carries a message of topical interest for the present-day viewer as well.

"(...)Manru is much more than a love melo­drama typical of the 19th-century opera. It is the first Polish music drama inspired by the music of Wagner, but it is still a thoroughly original work. Drawing on Wagner’s model, Paderewski moved away from the obsolete division into numbers and paid much atten­tion to a mutual interweaving of individual scenes in order to ensure continuity of stage action. He made recurring motifs the main components of the musical structure and attached great importance to the orchestral part, which has symphonic sweep. He treated the voice as one of the orchestral instruments, without forgetting about the beauty of the vocal melodies, particularly in the part of the eponymous hero.

He also incorporated folkloristic elements in the fabric of this post-Romantic work. In Act 1 there is an extended scene of highland dan­ces. In Act 3 there is a march with gypsy motifs – one of the opera’s most popular fragments. As a whole, Manru has an arch-like structure, with the outer acts being most spectacular and the emotional climax coming in Act 2, notably in the love duet of Ulana and Manru. (...)The production at the Opera Nova, mar­king the 50th anniversary of the Bydgoszcz company, was premiered on 21 October 2006. It was directed by Laco Adamik, with sets by Milan David. The producers did not introduce any colourful folk elements but portrayed the story of the tragic love between the highland girl and the gypsy as a conflict between two inimical worlds with different cultures. The message was that long-held animosities between societies destroy the happiness of individual human beings. With its action set in an undefined time and place, Paderewski’s opera spoke about the con­flicts of the contemporary world, in which there is no lack of people excluded because of the colour of their skin or the religion they profess. Just like the gypsy Manru".

Jacek Marczyński

Translated by Michał Kubicki

 

 

 

The Prix Joseph Losey - Orphée d'Or for best lyrical audiovisual initiative (l’Orphée de la meilleure initiative lyrique audiovisuelle) went to Jan Ignacy Paderewski's Manru in the 2006 production directed by Laco Adamik with the Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz under the musical supervision of Maciej Figas, with set design by Milan David and choreography by Janina Niesobska. The production commemorated the 65th anniversary of its composer's death, and 50 years of the Bydgoszcz Opera. The recording, released in 2011 by Poland's DUX label, features soloists Janusz Ratajczak, Wioletta Chodowicz, Leszek Skrla, Monika Ledzion, Barbara Krahel, Łukasz Goliński and Jacek Greszta, as well as violinist Krzysztof Jakowicz.

Manru is the only opera written by Paderewski. It tells the story of a gypsy fellow who marries a Polish woman, taking on symbolic reference to culture clashes throughout Poland and Europe. Its three acts are set to the libretto by Alfred Nossig, based on Józef Ignacy Kraszewski novel Chata za wsią  / A Hut Beyond the Village. The premiere production took place in Dresden on the 29th of May 1901 and traveled Europe's capitals then graced the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City in 1902. Manru's return in the new millenium in the Opera Nova production in Bydgoszcz has gained acclaim as a universal performance facing human intolerance and prejudice.

http://culture.pl/en/event/orphee-dor-for-manru-and-madame-curie

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