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Musical Ambitions in Bydgoszcz
December 19, 2007   
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Music is a trademark of Bydgoszcz, a 400-year-old city nestled in a prehistoric valley in the north of Poland where the Brda River empties into the country's largest river, the Vistula.

The city's gem is its Ignacy Jan Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic, with a hall that boasts excellent acoustics. Over the years, the philharmonic has hosted an array of outstanding international artists, including pianists Arthur Rubinstein and Martha Argerich, conductor Leopold Stokowski, and tenor Luciano Pavarotti. The venue has made its name with major festivals, including the Paderewski International Piano Competition, the Arthur Rubinstein in Memoriam International Festival, the Bydgoszcz Music Festival, and the Bydgoszcz Jazz Festival.

Many international performers like playing in the Bydgoszcz philharmonic and many choose the venue to record live albums for both Polish and international labels. Many young musicians who have won prestigious international competitions owe their worldwide success to their concerts in Bydgoszcz. One example is Ukrainian pianist Maryia Kim, who rose to fame after winning last year's Paderewski International Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz. Other artists who have traveled along the same road are Tomomi Okumura from Japan, Ukrainian Denis Zhdanov, and Polish pianist Rafa³ Blechacz, who performed in Bydgoszcz before winning the 15th Frederic Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw in 2005.

Bydgoszcz's grand Opera Nova, located in the heart of the city, is one of the most modern opera houses in Europe. It has staged dozens of operas, operettas and ballets that have contributed to the city's reputation as a hub of music. Many of the world's most celebrated opera and ballet ensembles have performed here, including the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Lviv Opera and Ballet Theater, the Royal Ballet of Flanders, the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and the Czech Republic's Prague Opera.

Thanks to Opera Nova, Bydgoszcz's music scene has acquired national and international importance. An event that has additionally boosted the city's status is the Bydgoszcz Opera Festival, which has been organized here for over a decade, featuring productions such as Verdi's Nabucco, La Traviata and Il Trovatore; Puccini's Turandot and Tosca; Mozart's Don Giovanni; and Bizet's Carmen. The Opera Nova is also where you can enjoy operas such as Liszt's Mephisto, The Tales of Hoffmann by Offenbach, and also Delibes' Lakmé, which returned to the house's repertoire in 2005 after a 47-year hiatus.

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