90 Years of Teresa Żylis-Gara

Concert

The most celebrated Polish 20th-century soprano and the doyen of Polish female opera singers, Teresa Żylis-Gara turns 90 this year. As a student, she mainly sang art songs and oratorios, debuted at the Kraków Opera as Halka, and dazzled audiences with the freshness of her voice and extraordinary timbre. Her glittering international career did not take long to take off. From a a small opera house in Oberhausen, where she spread her wings, she moved to Dortmund, then Dusseldorf, and finally Paris, where she was enthusiastically welcomed as Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. This was a turning point. She was invited to perform at the Salzburg Opera, Covent Garden, and finally the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where she sang for sixteen seasons! She performed alongside the best of the best: Arcangelo Corelli, José Carreras, Placido Domingo, and Luciano Pavarotti. She loved to give song recitals featuring music by Polish composers: Moniuszko, Paderewski, and, above all, Szymanowski. This concert will be a fitting tribute to the extraordinary artist and a wonderful trip down memory line.

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Conductor Grzegorz Nowak

PERFORMERS

Marcelina Beucher (soprano)
Ilona Krzywicka (soprano)
Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk (soprano)
Olga Pasiecznik (soprano)
Urszula Kryger (mezzo) 
Tadeusz Szlenkier (tenor) 
Marcin Bronikowski (baritone) 

Janusz Olejniczak (piano)

DIRECTED BY

Jarosław Kilian

HOST

Wiesław Ochman

The hottest name among lyrical tenors in the world. In 2018 he was awarded an operatic Oscar – the International Opera Award for the best male singer. For years he has been performing the most important tenor parts at the Metropolitan Opera and the Wiener Staatsoper. Yet another, after Jan Kiepura, ‘boy from Silesia’ who easily wins over subsequent operatic stages of the world with his singing and acting. His success is compared to Luciano Pavarotti’s career, and Piotr Beczała is often called his successor. He rarely sings in Poland, which is why a lieder recital accompanied at the piano by Helmut Deutsch is one of few occasions to listen to the master.

Orchestra of the Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera

Sponsors

  • Patrons of Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera

  • Partners of the Opera Academy

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