6 January 2019
The Moniuszko bicentenary celebrations were officially opened on Saturday, 5 January 2019 by Professor Piotr Gliński, Poland's deputy PM and culture minister and Waldemar Dąbrowski, general manager of the Polish National Opera who the minister appointed his representative in charge of the bicentenary programme. Held, at the Teart Wielki, the home of the Polish National Opera and the Polish National Ballet, the opening gala featured a concert performance of Moniuszko's Halka sung in Italian. Fabio Biondi led international soloists, the Europa Galante orchestra and the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir in a historically-informed rendition of the opera. Previously, the work was performed in this version last year's Chopin and his Europe Festival in Warsaw. A recording of that performance will be released on 15 February 2019 by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute. More on www.nifc.pl.
Cast: Tina Gorina Faz – Halka Monika Ledzion-Porczyńska – Zofia / Sofia Matheus Pompeu – Jontek Robert Gierlach – Janusz / Gianni Rafał Siwek – Stolnik / Alberto Karol Kozłowski – Young Man
Choir soloists: Mateusz Stachura – Dziemba / Gemba Kiryll Lepay – Dudarz / Zampognaro, Gość / Contadino Paweł Cichoński - Gość / Contadino
Fabio Biondi – conductor Europa Galante Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir Violetta Bielecka – chorus master
(photo: Łukasz Kowalski)