The Haunted
Manor

1/?

Stanisław Moniuszko

Opera in four acts
Libretto: Jan Chęciński
World premiere: 28 September 1865, Teatr Wielki, Warsaw
Premiere of this production: 8 November 2015, Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera
In the original Polish with English surtitles
The Haunted Manor
by Stanisław Moniuszko comes from the catalogue of PWM Edition

  • Act I

    40 min.

  • Intermission

    ca. 20 min.

  • Act II

    40 min.

  • Intermission

    ca. 20 min.

  • Act III and IV

    1 h 10 min.

Duration: ca. 3 h 15 min.

  • About the production

    ‘I find Moniuszko problematic: he wrote a treasured national masterpiece which features two young fellows who are afraid of a grandfather clock,’ wrote Polish essayist and dramaturge Tomasz Cyz. Let us just add for clarity that the libretto demands that a Polish man ‘be courageous, forge head,/For his land, for his precious motherland/Be prepared his blood to shed’. Written to raise the spirits of Poles under foreign domination, The Haunted Manor could at times really be scary in the hands of directors who succumbed to kitschy patriotism taken straight from a souvenir gift store or epically romantic, plaintive imagery. Fortunately, thanks to David Pountney’s intervention, we have an opportunity to see the gem of Polish opera through the eyes of an artist born and raised in a different culture, away from the enchanted world of Polish patriotic myths. The director sets the opera just after World War I, when Poland recovered its independence after more than a century under foreign rule, which makes the story more and, paradoxically, less mythical. The idyllic country estate symbolising family values and the interwar period idealised by right-leaning historians become the stage for a delightful comedy that chaffs this type of (raving) Polishness. Pountney delivers everything we long for with a deconstructed set design. He even brings paintings to life: apart from Kossak’s famous rendition of the Battle of Warsaw, the Polish victory in 1920 during the Polish–Soviet War, he enlivens rococo visions of the four seasons and classicist allegories.

  • Performances
    • 19:00

    • 19:00

    • 19:00

    • 18:00

  • Cast
    Sword-bearer
    Adam Kruszewski
    Hanna
    Anna Jeruć
    Jadwiga
    Elżbieta Wróblewska
    Damazy
    Mateusz Zajdel
    Stefan
    Dominik Sutowicz
    Zbigniew
    Artur Janda
    Chamberlain’s wife
    Anna Borucka
    Skołuba
    Aleksander Teliga
    Maciej
    Zenon Kowalski
    Marta
    Magdalena Idzik
    Grześ
    Damian Wilma
    Old Woman
    Katarzyna Zimak
    Sword-bearer
    Stanislav Kuflyuk
    Hanna
    Ewa Majcherczyk
    Jadwiga
    Anna Bernacka
    Damazy
    Zbigniew Malak
    Stefan
    Paweł Skałuba
    Zbigniew
    Jerzy Butryn
    Chamberlain’s wife
    Anna Lubańska
    Skołuba
    Łukasz Konieczny
    Maciej
    Zbigniew Macias
    Marta
    Magdalena Idzik
    Grześ
    Damian Wilma
    Old Woman
    Katarzyna Zimak
    Sword-bearer
    Adam Kruszewski
    Hanna
    Anna Jeruć
    Jadwiga
    Elżbieta Wróblewska
    Damazy
    Mateusz Zajdel
    Stefan
    Dominik Sutowicz
    Zbigniew
    Artur Janda
    Chamberlain’s wife
    Anna Borucka
    Skołuba
    Aleksander Teliga
    Maciej
    Zenon Kowalski
    Marta
    Magdalena Idzik
    Grześ
    Damian Wilma
    Old Woman
    Katarzyna Zimak
    Sword-bearer
    Stanislav Kuflyuk
    Hanna
    Ewa Majcherczyk
    Jadwiga
    Anna Bernacka
    Damazy
    Zbigniew Malak
    Stefan
    Paweł Skałuba
    Zbigniew
    Jerzy Butryn
    Chamberlain’s wife
    Anna Lubańska
    Skołuba
    Łukasz Konieczny
    Maciej
    Zbigniew Macias
    Marta
    Magdalena Idzik
    Grześ
    Damian Wilma
    Old Woman
    Katarzyna Zimak
  • Credits
    Conductor
    Grzegorz Nowak
    Director
    David Pountney
    Set Designer
    Leslie Travers
    Costume Designer
    Marie-Jeanne Lecca
    Choreography
    Emil Wesołowski
    Lighting Designer
    Fabrice Kebour
    Chorus Master
    Violetta Bielecka
    Chorus Master
    Mirosław Janowski