Development of the Potential of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera: Purchase of Equipment For Cultural Activity

The Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera has been once again awarded funding through the Infrastructure and Environment Operational Programme to buy nearly 400 pieces of equipment needed to carry out its cultural activity. The grant is part-financed by the European Union and the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and will finance the purchase of: 

  • Equipment for the mechanical workshop and stage machinery 

We are going to buy 20 pieces of equipment used to build structures supporting sets and put scenery in place. 

  • Equipment to produce theatrical property, costumes, and scenery: 

We are going to buy 20 pieces of eqiupment to fit workshops that produce costumes, scenery, sets, props, etc., for opera and ballet productions. 

  • Sound system for the Młynarski Hall 

We are going to fit the Młynarski Hall with a sound reinforcement system and a stage monitor system. 

  • Stage lighting equipment 

We are going to buy 290 pieces of stage lighting equipment.

  • Musical instruments 

We are going to buy 65 musical instruments: harps, flutes, clarinets, violins, a bassoon, of master quality to enhance to sound of the company’s orchestra. 

The project Development of the Potential of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera: Purchase of Equipment For Cultural Activity’ is carried out under Task 8.1 ‘Preservation of Cultural Heritage and Development of Cultural Resources’, Priority Axis VIII ‘Preservation of Cultural Heritage and Development of Cultural Resources’ of the Infrastructure and Environment Operational Programme for 2014–2020.

The overall cost of the project exceeds 9.5 million zlotys. The grant will cover 7.8 million zlotys, more than 6.2 million of which comes from the European Regional Development Fund, while nearly 1.6 million zlotys has been provided by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

July 2013 saw the final acceptance of the the plasterwork, stonemasonry and metalwork. The work was done to the building’s facade as seen when looking from the Teatralny square, Piłsudskiego square, and Moliera street. The renovation also included internal patios, the elevation of the courtyard, and the box set. To see the effect, compare the before and after photographs in the Gallery below. 

What is more the security systems in the opera house have also been modernised. A sound alarm notification system has been put in place. In separate fire zones, loudspeakers have been installed and so has the main control desk. Inside the building the POLON system of fire alarm notification has been further developed and systems responsible for fire safety integrated. 

For the first time since 1965 the notification network for stage managers has been modernised. The installation of partyline wireless communication devises have been completed, while video cameras enabling the view of the proscenium and the backstage have been put in place. Stage managers’ and conductor’s desks have been modernised. 

(last updated: 9 January 2015)