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Knight at the Opera, Teutonic Style
November 30, 2010   
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In what is likely to prove Poland’s most astonishing musical event of the year, the rock opera Krzyżacy (Teutonic Knights), based on Henryk Sienkiewicz’s classic novel of the same name, is going to be given its world premiere at Warsaw’s Kongresowa Hall on Dec. 30.

Olga Szomańska stars as Danusia and Maciej Silski as Zbyszko, supported by a roll-call of some of the biggest names in Polish rock, including Artur Gadowski from IRA, Maciej Balcar from Dżem and Paweł Kukiz from Piersi.

Krzyżacy marks the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald in 1410. The setting is dark and gloomy black-and-white, and the action unfurls at the turn of the 14th and 15th centuries. The main storyline revolves around the love between Danusia Jurandówna and Zbyszko z Bogdańca. This is set against the backdrop of the political and historical conflict between Poland and the Teutonic Knights, an expansionist German Monastic State that controlled much of the Baltic, and culminates in the Battle of Grunwald where the Knights are decisively defeated.

Krzyżacy, Poland’s first rock opera in many years, was created by Marcin Kołaczkowski who wrote the script and directs the show, Hadrian Filip Tabęcki, who composed the music, and Jacek Korczakowski, who wrote the libretto.

Henryk Sienkiewicz’s historical novel Krzyżacy (1900) is a well known work of Polish literature and has been translated into 25 languages. Aleksander Ford’s film version, made in 1960, is one of the most popular films in the history of Polish cinema, with some 33 million viewers.


Dec. 30 at 7 p.m.
Kongresowa Hall
Palace of Culture and Science, 1 Defilad Sq., Warsaw
For ticket information, go to www.makroconcert.pl
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