A Fiery Angel that enchants

Polish National Opera

A Fiery Angel that enchants

Mariusz Treliński’s Fiery Angel makes a stunning debut at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. 

Young woman in school uniform and blood-soaked bandages on her forearms seems to be fighting a graying man in a blood-stained white suitIt is the first time in its history that the festival featured a title that – in the words of Forum Opéra – is ‘in vogue’. On 5 July 2018 the prestigious event saw the premiere of a production of The Fiery Angel directed by Mariusz Treliński, who – just like after the production’s Warsaw opening – was praised for his consistent vision which he managed to ‘defend and implement in full to create a dramatic composition of arresting coherence’. Critics emphasised that ‘transposed into a very dark and a very contemporary world, the Fiery Angel enchants’ (Télérama), while the director presents ‘an extreme vision’ in which ‘his production travels into the very core, into childhood, and into a traumatic obsession like a colourful comet during a remembrance night’ (Libération). Opera has its fashions and ‘sometimes works that have been consigned to oblivion, resurface’ (Le Monde). That was the case of Prokofiev’s Fiery Angel.  

The audience at the Grand Théâtre de Provence saw Aušrinė Stundytė as Renata, Scott Hendricks as Ruprecht, Andreï Popov as Agrippa/Mephistopheles, Agnieszka Rehlis as Fortune Teller / Spectre, Krzysztof Bączyk as Faust / Heinrich The Inquisitor, as well as Pavlo Tolstoy, Łukasz Goliński, Bernadetta Grabias, Bożena Bujnicka, Maria Stasiak, and the Chorus of  the Polish National Opera, while Kazushi Ono conducted the Orchestre de Paris. 

The performnce was coproduced by the Polish National Opera, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and Den Norske Opera & Ballet. It will debut in Oslo on 23 January 2021. 

Pictured: Aušrinė Stundytė as Renate and Krzysztof Bączyk as Faust / Heinrich The Inquisitor. Photo: Magda Hueckel