The People of the Teatr Wielki

29 September–17 October 2014

Who works at the opera house? Singers, a counductor, the director. But that’s not all. What about dyers, hat makers, florists, ushers, carpenters, upholsters, shoemakers? Now is a chance to cast a glimpse at the backstage of the Teatr Wielki and see people who never appear onstage.

The Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera presents the exhibition The People of the Teatr Wielki, which opens on 29 September 2014 at the open-air gallery of the Royal Łazienki Museum in Aleje Ujazdowskie.

The People of the Teatr Wielki features photographs of the opera house’s staff responsible for putting on new shows. What you can see is the whole process of a new production’s development from setting up enormous metal constructions to creating miniscule carved buttons for performers’ costumes. Get to know rare professions, almost extinct crafts, and beautiful spaces of the Teatr Wielki where audiences never tread. 

The exhibition marks the publication Opera, a book of photographs and interviews with Waldemar Dąbrowski, Mariusz Treliński, Krzysztof Pastor, and regular employees.

The exhibition will be available for viewing from 29 September 2014 at the Royal Łazienki Park.

The book may be bought from the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera.


Running time

29 September–17 October 2014


Royal Łazienki Museum

Organised by

Opera Gallery



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