Premiere Preludes:

Concerts of music by composers whose opera open at Teatr Wielki in the 2018/19 season. 

On the eve of the Tosca premiere, one of Poland’s best chamber ensembles, The Silesian Quartet will give a concert featuring the music of the opera’s composer, Giacomo Puccini as well as pieces by Stanisław Moniuszko, whose bicentenary falls this year, and Ottorino Respighi, one of Puccini’s contemporaries. 


Giacomo Puccini Elegy for String Quartet ‘Crisantemi’ (1890)

Ottorino Respighi Quartetto dorico (1924)

Stanisław Moniuszko String Quartet in D minor

Premiere Preludes is series of concerts held on the eve of each opera opening in the Moniuszko Auditorium throughout the season. Offering a taste of less known works of the composer of the opera, sometimes in a novel context, they serve as an excellent introduction to the premiere at hand. 

The Preludes attract music lovers and opera enthusiasts seeking a beautiful music experience and a better understanding of pieces written for the stage. Featuring both chamber and symphonic works, and characteristic for their unique atmosphere, Preludes draw on the opera house’s significant concert tradition, providing a wider perspective on Teatr Wielki’s core programme.


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