Polish National Opera offers its brand new production by David Pountney of STRASZNY DWÓR (“The Haunted Manor”) – the most beloved opera by Stanisław Moniuszko, a key figure in history of Polish music; a masterpiece of 19th century opera, tuneful, original and with an amusing story.
STRASZNY DWÓR (“The Haunted Manor”) was created at a seminal moment in Polish history at the time of the collapse of the uprising against Russian occupation in 1864.
The seemingly simple and amusing story of the brothers Stefan and Zbigniew who aim to win the hands of the two beautiful sisters Hanna and Jadwiga, evoked a happier past in a free Poland all too well. The opera therefore was banned by the tsar’s censor after its third performance. A favourite with Polish audiences from the very first moment, today STRASZNY DWÓR remains a national treasure, appreciated for its inventive Italianate melodies spiced with finely constructed ensembles, colourful orchestration and infectious Polish dance music.
The new staging by David Pountney offers an entirely new, original point of view on the work, which is intertwined with Polish tradition and history. The production promises to be a re-discovery for Polish audiences and help STRASZNY DWÓR find new admirers in the rest of the world.
Discover the beauty of the most well-loved Polish opera. Get to know the warm-hearted and playful characters. Spend an evening in a world ruled by love, family values and friendship.
The production will be streamed live on the very day of the 50th anniversary of re-opening the house following its restoration after World War II. And, of course, on that evening of November 19 1965, the curtain rose to a jewel of Polish cultural heritage: STRASZNY DWÓR – “The Haunted Manor”.