Songs of Mieczysław Karłowicz

A concert by members of Opera Academy – Young Talent Development Programme of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera 

Mieczysław Karłowicz was a great composer and an ardent enthusiast of the Tatra mountains. The wintry weather outside inspired members of Opera Academy, the young talent development programme of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera, to work on his songs. Although the composer himself famously called them his youthful sins, they became part of the canon of Polish vocal-instrumental music. Written in the 1890s in Berlin, they are composed for voice and piano and set to words by Polish poets, including Kazimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer. The concert, held in the Wielki’s Redutowe Rooms, concludes Opera Academy workshops led by Eytan Pessen and Matthias Rexroth. Apart from Karłowicz’s songs, the programme includes operatic arias by other composers. Not only for avid mountaineers! 

Pictured: Mieczysław Karłowicz on Gubałówka, Zakopane; photograph courtesy of the University Library in Poznań, Poland

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