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, Polish National Opera, Teatr Wielki, Warsaw
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

    It is sometimes good to loosen the sanitary cordon that protects works bearing the stamp of arch-Polishness, if only to check whether they retain the power to move human hearts once seen through an external eye. In the case of The Haunted Manor, the experiment was definitely successful. David Pountney relegates the Kontusz-wearing nobility setting to history’s prop storage, and instead has his protagonists don uniforms, what with the story being relocated to the 1920s. This does not mean that Moniuszko’s masterpiece becomes historically indifferent: history simply appears without ostentation, for example when the proscenium arch is filled by Kossak’s Miracle on the Vistula painting. And if a noble manor house appears, it is a model in the literal sense. Is it worth asking why the Manor itself is haunted? Because it was erected from funds obtained unethically, which resulted in a curse and visitations by phantoms. In reality, however, real people do all the haunting – Damazy the suitor, paying court to one the sisters and playing tricks, as well as the sisters themselves – with their incredibly haunting beauty. The Haunted Manor as imagined by Pountney dazzles visually, but also sincerely entertains.

  • Credits
    Conductor
    Piotr Staniszewski
    Director
    David Pountney
    Set Designer
    Leslie Travers
    Costume Designer
    Marie-Jeanne Lecca
    Choregraphy
    Emil Wesołowski
    Lighting Designer
    Fabrice Kebour
    Chorus Master
    Violetta Bielecka
    Chorus Master
    Mirosław Janowski