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New Take on Halka
November 25, 2011   
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A new production of Halka, a masterpiece by Stanisław Moniuszko— regarded as the father of Polish opera— offers a fresh look at his famous work, both in terms of its music and as a theatrical production.

This innovative take on Moniuszko’s passionate drama, arriving soon at the Wielki Theater/National Opera, is directed by Natalia Korczakowska, a young but already acclaimed talent from a generation that has been changing Polish theater. Last season, Korczakowska made her debut as an opera director at the Wielki Theater/National Opera with a well-received version of Jakob Lenz by Wolfgang Rihm. This time, Korczakowska has reinvented Halka, aided by Marc Minkowski, one of the most famous contemporary conductors. Minkowski has made a name for himself with an exceptionally creative approach to baroque, classical and romantic music and his interpretation of Halka is sure to open a new chapter in the history of performances of Moniuszko’s work.

Halka is the Polish Madame Butterfly in that it tells the story of an unhappy love set against social conflict.

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Halka—an opera in four acts by Stanisław Moniuszko
Wielki Theater/National Opera, 1 Teatralny Sq., Warsaw
tel. +48 22 826-50-19, www.teatrwielki.pl
Opera in Polish with English subtitles
Premiere: Dec. 23
Performances Dec. 27 and 29 and Jan. 3, 5, 7 and 25
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