Halka

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Stanisław Moniuszko

Opera in four acts
Libretto: Włodzimierz Wolski
World premiere of the four-act version: 1 January 1858, Teatr Wielki, Warsaw 
Premiere of this production: 15 December 2019, Theater an der Wien
Polish premiere of this production: 11 February 2020, Polish National Opera, Teatr Wielki, Warsaw
A co-production with the Theater an der Wien
In the original Polish with English surtitles

  • Part 1

    1h10 min.

  • Intermission

    25 min.

  • Part 2

    1h5 min.

Duration: ca. 2h40 min.

  • About the production

    The Haunted Manor and Halka are the cornerstones of Polish operatic art and that is all! While the former can be troublesome from a staging point of view, due to its socio-national context (the three partitioners, the struggle for independence), as well as to how strongly the piece is embedded in a specific historical time (the failure of the January Uprising), the latter seems more relatable from today’s perspective. Moniuszko’s musical fantasy on highlander music has such power that in the minds of the public it has permanently obscured the original. Treliński’s Halka moved to a socialist-realist hotel in Zakopane: as if unfinished, filled with bustling militiamen, numbered items lined on the floor – a gray and gloomy crime scene. In such a setting, wrecked by remorse, Janusz repeatedly wakes up from a nightmare, only to stumble into a second one – a far more terrible, living nightmare. And then a pure, heart-rending voice comes from off stage… Treliński’s cinematic imagination is perfectly complemented by Kudlička’s set design. And one thing to emphasize: the staging momentum does not overshadow Halka’s drama. And Piotr Beczała… there are no words.

  • Performances
  • Cast
    Stolnik
    Krzysztof Szumański
    Dziemba
    Dariusz Machej
    Janusz
    Tomasz Rak
    Jontek
    Rafał Bartmiński
    Halka
    Ewa Vesin
    Stolnik
    Krzysztof Szumański
    Dziemba
    Dariusz Machej
    Janusz
    Tomasz Rak
    Jontek
    Rafał Bartmiński
    Halka
    Ewa Vesin
    Stolnik
    Krzysztof Szumański
    Dziemba
    Dariusz Machej
    Janusz
    Tomasz Rak
    Jontek
    Rafał Bartmiński
    Halka
    Izabela Matuła
  • Credits
    Conductor
    Tadeusz Kozłowski
    Director
    Mariusz Treliński
    Set Designer
    Boris Kudlička
    Costume Designer
    Dorota Roqueplo
    Lighting Designer
    Marc Heinz
    Choreographer
    Tomasz Jan Wygoda
    Dramaturgy
    Piotr Gruszczyński
    Video Projections
    Bartek Macias
    Chorus Master
    Mirosław Janowski
    Hair and make-up
    Łukasz Pycior
    Casting director
    Izabela Kłosińska