The Polish National Opera celebrated the beginning of the New Year with a carefully curated programme of the most famous arias and ensembles by opera’s two geniuses: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Gioacchino Rossini. Often compared with each other, they represented two different styles and aesthetic approaches, still, their works are invariably among the most popular operas the world over. The tour de force of a concert will feature the best known and loved pieces from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Cosi fan tutte, Don Giovanni, Idomeneo, re di Creta, as well as Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, L’italiana in Algeri, Mosè in Egitto, and Il signor Bruschino.
The exciting lineup of performers who took to the stage of the Teatr Wielki includes emerging singers of the Opera Academy, the programme’s graduates who now score triumphs on the world’s leading stages, Andrzej Filończyk (baritone) and Tomasz Kumięga (baritone), and the Polish star soprano and the Academy’s professor, Olga Pasichnyk. Music director Maestro Patrick Fournillier conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Polish National Opera.
Pictured: Olga Pasichnyk sings at the New Year’s Eve Gala at the Polish National Opera, Teatr Wielki, 31 December 2020, photo by Krzysztof Bieliński