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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Poland

Wawel Castle, Cracow © Wikimedia Commons | Taxiarchos228
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Here's the page to find out what's on in Poland, whether you're interested in opera, classical concerts, dance or ballet. For concerts at the recently open NFM in Wrocław, or opera performances at the Teatr Wielki Opera Narodowa in Warsaw, check out our listings and reviews.
SHORT GUIDE

Poland’s concert halls in great shape

NOSPR interior, Katowice © Daniel Rumiancew
An insight into two of the finest new concert halls in Europe... which both happen to be in Poland. 
Royal Castle, Warsaw © Wikimedia Commons | Andrzej Barabasz
Royal Castle, Warsaw
© Wikimedia Commons | Andrzej Barabasz
INTERVIEWS

A childhood drama queen: Aleksandra Kurzak

Aleksandra Kurzak © Kasia Paskuda
Aleksandra Kurzak tells us about making ten role debuts in a year as her voice shifts from bel canto to the dramatic repertoire she has been dreaming about since childhood.

Giovanni Antonini takes the reins at Wratislavia Cantans Festival

Giovanni Antonini © Paolo Morello
Giovanni Antonini's latest challenge is the Artistic Directorship of the Wratislavia Cantans Festival in Wrocław Poland, intending to raise its profile on the European scene.
POSTCARD

Postcard from Wrocław

Old Town Hall © Urząd Miejski Wrocławia Biuro Promocji Miasta i Turystyki
The hardest task facing foreign visitors to the fascinating Polish city of Wrocław is how to pronounce it. 
Unywersytet Wrocławski, Wrocław © Urząd Miejski Wrocławia Biuro Promocji Miasta i Turystyki
Unywersytet Wrocławski, Wrocław
© Urząd Miejski Wrocławia Biuro Promocji Miasta i Turystyki
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WarsawOrchestras of the World

Bernstein, Shostakovich
Houston Symphony; Andrés Orozco-Estrada; Hilary Hahn

WarsawCandide

Bernstein: Candide
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Jacek Kaspszyk; Warsaw Philharmonic Choir; Bartosz Michalowski; Michael Slattery; Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk

WarsawRachmaninov

Rachmaninov
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Antoni Wit; Nikolai Lugansky

WarsawOrchestras of the world

Weinberg, Balakauskas, Serksnyte, Sibelius
Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra; Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

WarsawSchubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn

Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Olari Elts; Martin Helmchen
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A musical celebration of Polish Independence

Jacek Kaspszyk © ICA Artists
Warsaw Philharmonic celebrates the 100th anniversary of Polish independence with performances of great local composers – Lutoslawski, Szymanowski and Szabelski – and Debussy’s La Mer for good measure.
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La Currentzis di Tito: a Mozartian mishap in Wrocław

Anna Lucia Richter (Servilia), Stéphanie d’Oustrac (sesto) and Karina Gauvin (Vitellia) © Lukasz Rajchert
Mozart was supposed to be the composer of La clemenza di Tito but it was really a critical edition of Metastasio’s opus by Teodor Currentzis.
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Il giardino armonico’s bouquet of Baroque bonbons causes a sensation in Wrocław

Giovanni Antonini and Il giardino armonico © Joanna Stoga
A concert at the Andrzej Markowski International Wratislavia Cantans Festival that was anything but traditional or predictable.
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Very variable Vespers at the Wratislavia Cantans Festival in Poland

Ensemble La Fenice © Slawek Przerwa
Jean Tubéry’s virtuosity as a maestro di cornetto made up for disappointing vocalism in Monteverdi’s Vesperis in Festis Beata Mariae Vergine
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A tawdry travesty of a Traviata in Warsaw

La traviata © Krzysztof Bieliński
Mariusz Treliński's Traviata had nothing to do with Dumas, Piave or Verdi. It's as if he confused La Dame aux camélias with Lulu.
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