Eros and Psyche

Ludomir Różycki

Opera in five scenes with an epilogue
Libretto: Jerzy Żuławski
World premiere: 10 March 1917, Wrocław
In the original Polish

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Immortality? Transmigration of souls? Meeting one’s loved ones in future incarnations? The necessity of working through one’s sins and negligence? Various aspects of humanity revealing themselves in various moments in history, as well as the longing for eternal love – these are the questions and issues taken up by Jerzy Żuławski in his play Eros and Psyche. Żuławski is also the author of a science-fiction novel On the Silver Globe (made into a movie by his great-nephew – Andrzej Żuławski). The libretto of Różycki’s opera is a full-blown journey of Psyche and Blaks in search of Eros – through five eras, from the Golden Age Arcadia, through the Roman Empire, a medieval monastery in Spain, Paris at the time of the French Revolution, ending in one of European capitals in the early twentieth century. This staging flamboyance is a challenge worthy of Barbara Wysocka, who a couple of years ago, along with Barbara Hanicka, created for Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera a majestic and moving staging of Eugeniusz Knapik’s Moby Dick. The composer – Ludomir Różycki – studied at the Warsaw Conservatory along with Karol Szymanowski, Mieczysław Karłowicz and Grzegorz Fitelberg, who formed the musical, modernist Young Poland. Eros and Psyche, immensely popular in the interwar period on European operatic stages, was very rarely staged after the Second World War. It is high time it took its place as an ambassador of Polish opera at the side of Król Roger.



Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatr Wielki  Polish National Opera


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