After Stanisław Moniuszko, Żeleński was the most outstanding Polish opera composer of the late 19th century. Discover this unfamiliar jewel live from Warsaw with a fairy tale plot; an opera run through with Polish motifs and touching lyricism....
Polish National Opera
The Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera, Poland's leading music venue, is where rich tradition and a clear vision for the future meet. Offering each season a host of first-rate productions – many developed in co-production with international partners – the opera house contributes significantly to the richness of Warsaw's cultural life, and helps build a positive image of Poland.
A heady mix of strong emotions and young vocal talent offered live from Warsaw! The INTERNATIONAL STANISŁAW MONIUSZKO VOCAL COMPETITION is considered one of opera's most prestigious singing contest. A competition such as this is not just about rivalry but it is about shared feeling, learning and, for many, a discovery of the riches of the Polish operatic repertoire.
The Teatr Wielki's building, erected in the first half of the 19th century according to a design by Italian architect Antonio Corazzi, had been for decades an invaluable haven for Polish culture and tradition, before witnessing Warsaw's fall during World War II. Rebuilt from rubble, the Teatr Wielki reopened exactly 50 years ago, and is currently home to the Polish National Opera, Polish National Ballet, and Opera Gallery. It is a place where the universal idea of correspondance des arts, or synthesis of the arts, has been consistently put in action, and where superb work by leading contemporary artists can be seen and savoured. It is a thoroughly modern institution that draws from the synergy of ideas, goals, and aspirations, shared by the people who are part of it.