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Moniuszko at Heritage Park
September 16, 2009 By Barbara Deręgowska   
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As every year for the last 47, the spa town of Kudowa Zdrój in southern Poland resounded with opera music at the end of summer.

This year's Moniuszko Festival, named after famous Polish opera composer Stanisław Moniuszko, featured concerts and operas that attracted a huge audience. There were also workshops held every day at the Pump Room, where Sławomir Pietras, artistic director of the Moniuszko Festival, entertained the audience with artistic anecdotes and introduced young musicians to the public.

Workshop participants could hear about Moniuszko's connections with Lithuania, the composer's first biographer, and the music of Poland's former eastern lands.

The concerts, held at Pod Blach± Theater, Zdrojowy Theater and the Concert Shell in the park, featured singers including soprano Aleksandra Chacińska, baritone Szymon Komasa, and bass Artur Janda. Among the singers who sang famous opera arias in the traditional Tournament of Tenors, accompanied by the Sudecka Philharmonic in Wałbrzych, were Bogdan Paprocki, Sylwester Kostecki, Tadeusz Szlenkier, Adam Zdunikowski, and Marek Szymański.

The public also welcomed a ballet performance inspired by the music of Polish composers.

This year, the festival was accompanied by an original open-air show in the Heritage Park in Pstr±żna, where the Wrocław Culture and Art Center had built an amphitheater for 800. Over 100 artists accompanied by the Polish Chamber Opera and its director Kazimierz Kowalski performed Moniuszko's most famous opera, The Haunted Manor.
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