Have You Attended an Opera Performance or Concert of Classical Music in Poland?

Music in Poland Conductor M.Jusypowicz
Music in Poland
Conductor M.Jusypowicz

People all over the world enjoy concerts and performances that present many different types of music.

In Poland, audiences regularly have the opportunity to listen to and enjoy performances of classical music and opera in:

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June 13, 2010

Dni Miasta Łańcuta – Łańcut, Poland

Opera Tenor Vasyl Sadovski in Łańcut, Poland
Opera Tenor Vasyl Sadovski in Łańcut, Poland

An open air concert of opera and operetta music took place in Łańcut, Poland on June 13, 2010. The classical music concert was under the musical direction of Myron Jusypowicz. It was part of the annual festivities dedicated to Dni Miasta Łańcuta.

Soloists during the festivities were:

  • Natalia Dytiuk, soprano
  • Oleh Lykhacz, tenor
  • Vasyl Sadovski, tenor
  • Roman Tsymbala, tenor

The program included orchestral interludes from the opera Carmen by G.Bizet, and Cavalleria Rusticana by P.Mascagni. Popular tangos by C.Gardel and polkas by J.Strauss added spice to the program.

The soloists performed famous arias from Pagliacci by R.Leoncavallo, Gianni Schicchi and Turadot by G. Puccini, Verdi arias from Rigoletto, La traviata, I Vespri Siciliani.

The audience showed great appreciation for the excerpts from operas by Polish composer S.Moniuszko and popular Polish songs from the 30s and 40s.

„This charming and magical concert was a large scale event and the biggest attraction during Łańcut City Days. … All that remains, is to recommend that such events take place more often and that great artists be hosted in Łancut.“ wrote Anna Błachowicz-Wolny in Korespondent 24 on June 19, 2010.

Continue reading: „The World of Musicals and Operettas“ – Łańcut

March 19, 2010

Koncert Symfoniczny – Olsztyn

Symphony Music Concert in Olsztyn, Poland
Symphony Music Concert in Olsztyn, Poland

Artur Milian, the concertmaster of the Orkiestra Symfoniczna Filharmonii Warmińsko-Mazurskiej celebrated 35 years of his artistic endeavour on March 19, 2010.

To commemorate this special occasion, a classical music concert took place under the musical direction of Myron Jusypowicz.

The program included:

  • Antonio Vivaldi, The Four Seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter)
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Overture to the opera The Marriage of Figaro
  • Joseph Haydn – Symphony #96 („The Miracle“)

Artur Milian (skrzypce) performed the violin solo in Cztery Pory Roku by Antonio Vivaldi, accompanied by his home orchestra in Olsztyn.

June 21, 2008

Koncert operowo – operetkowy „Viva Galicja“ – Krasiczyn

l-r. Zoltán Nyári, Małgorzata Długosz, Myron Jusypowicz, Klára Kolonits
l-r. Zoltán Nyári, Małgorzata Długosz, Myron Jusypowicz, Klára Kolonits

During the Sixth Wielokulturowy Festiwal „Galicja“, on June 21, 2008, a special opera and classical music concert was organized on the open air stage at Krasiczyn Castle. It brought together performers from Poland, Hungary and Ukraine.

That evening the soloists were:

  • Dariusz Stachura, Polish tenor
  • Zoltán Nyári, Hungarian tenor
  • Małgorzata Długosz, Polish soprano
  • Klára Kolonits, Hungarian soprano.

Myron Jusypowicz conducted the Lwow Opera House Orchestra (Ukraine) in a concert of arias and orchestral pieces from operas and operettas.

Every year, since 2003, the Fundacja „Dziedzictwo“ has organized the Wielokulturowy Festiwal „Galicja“, a celebration of the rich cultural heritage that binds the region of Trans-Carpathia.

The Trans-Carpathian region of Galicia encompasses territories in present-day Austria, the Czech republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Ukraine. This region shares a historical heritage that is evident in its cultural ties.

Continue reading: Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi – Krasiczyn

June 15, 2008

“The World of Musicals and Operettas” – Łańcut

Myron Jusypowicz in Łańcut, Poland original image
Myron Jusypowicz in Łańcut, Poland original image

An open – air concert took place on Rynok Square in the centre of Łańcut, Poland on June 15, 2008. The occasion were the yearly City of Łańcut Commemorative Festivities, which included many music activities. This annual event celebrates the city and its people.

The program included songs from musicals and operettas. The soloists were from the Lviv Opera House in Lviv, Ukraine:

  • Natalija Romaniuk, soprano
  • Jana Wojtiuk, mezzosoprano
  • Roman Trochymuk, tenor
  • Orest Sydir, baritone

The Lviv Opera House orchestra performed instrumental excerpts from well-known operas. The evening performance was conducted by Myron Jusypowicz.

A video of the Entracte to Bizet’s opera Carmen was done by a fan. To view the video, you can click here.

June 7, 2008

XVIII Mikołowskie Dni Muzyki, Koncert finalowy – Mikołow

Koncert Finałowy in Mikołow
Koncert Finałowy in Mikołow

The Mikołow Music Days were established in 1991. They take place every year during the months of May and June, in the city of Mikołow in Poland. The international music festival is dedicated to classical music.

The festival features classical organ music. Many of the festival concerts are performed in historical churches in the city of Mikołow and surrounding area.

The Final Concert of the 18th Mikołowskie Dni Muzyki took place on June 7, 2008 in the Kościół św. Wojciecha (St. Adalbert Church).

The violinist, Piotr Pławner (skrzypce) performed the Violin Concerto in E Minor by F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy. He was accompanied by the INSO (International New Symphony Orchestra) – Lviv conducted by Myron Jusypowicz. The J. Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F Major, op.90 was also included in the evening’s programme.

A special highlight that evening was the guest appearance of Myroslav Skoryk, a Ukrainian composer, resident in Lviv, Ukraine. His Partite No.6 for Strings was performed that night.

June 9, 2005

Europejski Festiwal im. Jana Kierury – Trzebinia

l-r: Sobierajski, Wrona, Świdziński, Wróblewski, Matulka, Szlenkier, Jusypowicz
l-r: Sobierajski, Wrona, Świdziński, Wróblewski, Matulka, Szlenkier, Jusypowicz

A unique open air concert took place on the grounds of the Palace in Młoszowa (Zespół Pałacowo Parkowy w Młoszowej) near the city of Trzebinia, Poland on June 9, 2005.

The 6 Opera Tenors from Poland performed songs made famous by Jan Kiepura (Wiązanka Kiepurowska).

  • Witold Matulka, tenor
  • Adam Sobierajski, tenor
  • Leszek Świdziński, tenor
  • Tadeusz Szlenkier, tenor
  • Witold Wrona, tenor
  • Ryszard Wróblewski, tenor

The program featured highlights from operas:

  • Habanera from the opera Carmen by G. Bizet performed by Marta Abako, soprano
  • The Finale of Act 2 with choir, ballet and orchestra from the opera Aida by Guiseppe Verdi
  • Va‘ pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from the opera Nabucco by G. Verdi

The program included favourites from operettas:

  • Adele’s aria from Zemsta nietopersza (Die Fledermaus) by J. Strauss II performed by Iwona Tober, soprano

  • Sandor Barinkaya’s aria from The Gypsy Baron by J. Strauss II performed by Ryszard Wróblewski, tenor

  • The tenor aria „Twoim jest serce me“ (Den ist mein ganzes Herz“) from Kraina Uśmiechu (The Land of Smiles) by Franz Lehar performed by Leszek Świdziński, tenor

Myron Jusypowicz conducted the grand open-air outdoor music concert, which was hosted by Bogusław Kaczyński.

Photo courtesy of the Jan Kiepura European Music Festival.

August 22, 2004

Open-Air Outdoor Concert Tu Gdzie Śpiewal Jan Kiepura – Krakow

 Tu Gdzie Śpiewal Jan Kiepura
Tu Gdzie Śpiewal Jan Kiepura

The Jan Kiepura European Music Festival (originally The Jan Kiepura Festival of Arias and Songs) has been a yearly summer event in the SPA town of Krynica-Zdroj since 1967. During the festival there are concerts, operas, operettas, musical, ballets, as well as, film screenings featuring Jan Kiepura.

In 2004, the organizors decided to take the festival on the road in the form of “Festival Stopovers” (Przystanki Festiwalowy). The first such stopover was on August 22, 2004 in Cracow (Krakow).

“In August of that year, on the Main Square in Cracow (Rynek Główny in Krakow) there was a grand spectacle in which 220 performers took part…. They sang songs, opera and operetta arias from Jan Kiepura’s repertoire. A huge crowd of 60,000 people gathered in the square.” (from a press article by Joanna Sokołowska-Gwizdka, published in Gazeta, December 8, 2004).

This unique spectacle was conducted by Myron Jusypowicz and Bolesław Szulia and hosted by Bogusław Kaczyński.

August 21, 2004

Telewizyjne widowisko promenadowe Tu Gdzie Śpiewal Jan Kiepura – Krynica Zdroj

Outdoor Live Concert in Krynica-Zdroj
Outdoor Live Concert in Krynica-Zdroj

Myron Jusypowicz conducted an open-air concert, which was part of the Jan Kiepura European Music Festival. Appropriately, the outdoor live concert was called: Tu gdzie spiewal Jan Kiepura (Here, Where Jan Kiepura Sang!).

The soprano and tenor soloists were from Poland. The orchestra, choir and ballet were from the S. Krushelnytska National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Lviv, Ukraine.

The Europejski Festiwal im. Jana Kiepury takes place every year during the summer season in Krynica. The Gala Concert was dedicated to the memory of Jan Kiepura. The open-air concert took place on a special outdoor stage, set up in the center of Krynica.

Jan Kiepura (1892 – 1966), a famous tenor, was an integral part of the social scene in Krynica before World War II. In 1933, he even built a villa-hotel in Krynica, which he named “Patria”.

On August 21, 2004, the night air came alive with fast and slow music, arias and choir segments, ballet and orchestral pieces. Bogusław Kaczyński hosted and introduced everyone in his own unique style.

For those who missed the performance in Krynica, there was a chance to see it on Polish television. A 50 minute version of the open-air concert was broadcast on July 15, 2005 on TVPolonia.

Continue reading: Aida by Giuseppe Verdi – Krynica Zdroj

June 18, 2004

Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi – Krasiczyn

Nabucco at Krasiczyn Castle
Nabucco at Krasiczyn Castle

As part of the Festival „Galicija“, the Lwow Opera Theatre ensemble travelled to Krasiczyn Castle, which is located outside of Przemyśl, Poland to perform Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Nabucco.

Maestro Myron Jusypowicz conducted the evening performance on June 18, 2004. Zbigniew Chrzanowski made the introdctions for the evening.

The staging of the opera was adapted to make use of the open air stage and castle structure at Krasiczyn.

…The Lviv Opera performed Nabucco, conducted by Myron Jusypowicz, in this castle at Krasiczyn, the architecture of which enhanced the theatre's scenery and stage backdrops. Interestingly, the opera chorus „Va pensiero“, which deals with the theme of raising the spirit of the people of Judah, very appropriately mirrored and enhanced the overall focus for the festival – the role of Hebrew culture, as a unifying element, in Galicia… (from a press article by Ihor Melnyk and Viktoriya Sadova, published in Postup, June 23, 2004)

June 5, 2004

Aida by Giuseppe Verdi – Katowice

Aida in Katowice
Aida in Katowice

The Lviv Opera and Ballet Theatre presented Giuseppe Verdi's opera Aida on an open air stage in the Park im. Tadeusza Kościuszki on June 5, 2004.

Soloists for the evening were:

  • Ludmiła Sawczuk, soprano, sang the part of Aida
  • Nelli Kułagina, mezzosoprano, sang the part of Amneris, daughter of the King of Egypt
  • Oleksij Danylczuk, tenor, sang the part of Radames
  • Anatoli Łypnyk, baritone, sang the part of Amonasro, Aida’s father
  • Wasyl Dudar, bass, sang the part of the King of Egypt
  • Jurij Tryceckyj, bass, sang the part of Ramfis, High Priest.

“That morning I observed the faces of curious passengers travelling by Lviv minibuses as they passed our Opera House. Their half awake eyes registered surprise: «O, so the Lviv Opera is once again on the go!» This time, the Opera was travelling to neighbouring Poland, to the city of Katowice.” (from a press article by Olya Maleryk, published in Postup on June 12-13, 2004)

Maestro Myron Jusypowicz conducted the opera Aida. Bogusław Kaczyński hosted. According to press reports, several thousand people came out to view the open-air performance.

Photo courtesy of Instytucja Kultury Estrada Śląska.

Continue reading:

Koncert Muzyki Operowej – Katowice

Stworzenie świata by Andriej Pietrow – Katowice

August 21, 2003

Aida by Giuseppe Verdi – Krynica Zdroj

Jan Kiepura European Music Festival 2003
Jan Kiepura European Music Festival 2003

Jan Kiepura, a famous male opera singer (1902 – 1966), sang the role of Radames many times during his career. One of his most memorable performances was in the film “Ein Lied für Dich” released in Berlin in 1933 and re-released as “My Song for You” in London, UK in 1934 and New York, USA in 1935. In the black and white film, Jan Kiepura plays a young tenor. In the film, there is a 7 minute comical interpretation of a rehearsal of the Triumphal March from Act III of the opera Aida.

On August 21, 2003 as part of the Jan Kiepura European Music Festival the opera Aida by Giuseppe Verdi was performed.

The performance of the opera Aida, that took place on August 21, 2003 was a true cooperation between singers and performers from Poland and Ukraine. Some of the soloists for the performance were citizens of Poland and some were citizens of Ukraine.

  • Barbara Kubiak, Polish soprano, sang the part of Aida
  • Jolanta Bibel, Polish mezzosoprano, sang the part of Amneris, daughter of the King of Egypt
  • Oleksij Danylczuk, Ukrainian tenor, sang the part of Radames
  • Anatolij Łypnyk, Ukrainian baritone, sang the part of Amonasro, Aida’s father
  • Wiktor Dudar, Ukrainian bass, sang the part of the King of Egypt

The orchestra, choir and ballet were from the S.Krushelnytska National Opera and Ballet House in Lviv, Ukraine. The evening was under the musical guidance of Myron Jusypowicz.

“The Lviv Opera House brought an incredibly grandiose production, prepared with great vigor and élan to Krynica Zdroj… The ballet and choir ensembles of the Lviv Opera were rewarded with deserved thunderous applause.” (from a press review published in Gazeta Krakowska, August 23 – 24, 2003)

April 28, 2002

Aida by Giuseppe Verdi - Jasło

Aida in Jasło
Aida in Jasło

Myron Jusypowicz conducted the opera Aida by Giuseppe Verdi on April 28, 2002 in Jasło, Poland. The soloists, choir, ballet and ochestra were from the Ivan Franko State Opera and Ballet House Theatre in Lviv, Ukraine.

The performance was organized and sponsored by Estrada Rzeszowska, whose General and Artistic Director at the time was Dariusz Dubiel.

The opera Aida was performed at the Jasielski Dom Kultury.

April 20, 2002

Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi – Kielce

Opera Nabucco in Kielce
Opera Nabucco in Kielce

Myron Jusypowicz conducted the opera Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi on April 20 and 21, 2002 in Kielce, Poland. The soloists, choir, ballet and orchestra were from the Ivan Franko State Opera and Ballet House Theatre in Lviv, Ukraine

The performance marked the 10th Anniversary of the Kielecki Centrum Kultury.

May 12, 2000

Światowa Klasyka - Gdańsk

World Classics in Gdansk
World Classics in Gdansk

The Orkiestra Polskiej Filharmonii Bałtyckiej performed a concert of „World Classics“ (Światowa Klasyka) on May 12, 2000. Guest conductor for the evening was Myron Jusypowicz.

Special guest star that evening was the young violinist Jarosław Nadrzycki, who had won the Grand Prix at the Ogólnopolski Konkurs Skrzypcowy im. Aleksandry Januszajtis w Gdańsku in 1997.

The evening’s program included:

  • Walz Fantasije by M. Glinka
  • Koncert skrzypcowy d-moll by J. Sibelius
  • IV Symfonia by J. Brahms.
September 10, 1999

Giuseppe Verdi “Requiem” – Przemysl

G. Verdi “Requiem” in Przemysl
G. Verdi “Requiem” in Przemysl

Requiem by G. Verdi was performed by approximately 140 musicians, choir members and soloists of the Lviv Opera and Ballet, on September10, 1999 in Przemysl, Poland. The performance was part of the VI Dni Muzyki Oratoryjno-Kantatowej sponsored by the Centrum Kulturalne w Przemyślu.

Verdi’s Reqiuem was performed at the Bazylika Archikatedralna in Przemyśl.

Soloists for the evening were:

  • Nina Melnyk, soprano
  • Oksana Jurkiewicz, mezzosoprano
  • Aleksy Danylczuk, tenor
  • Aleksander Hromysz, bass

“The conductor (Myron Jusypowicz) avoided the ever-present temptation in the performance of this work, to yield to excessive emotionalism, to exaggerate some of the elements and to succumb to the theatrical. He clearly sought to achieve the natural, an equilibrium and harmony. Thus “Requiem” emerged in its full richness and evolving passions. No part of the depth and essence of its expression was lost.” (from a press review by Jerzy Zajączkowski, published in Życie Podkarpackie, September 15, 1999)

June 10, 1994

La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi (Zakończenie Sezonu Artystycznego) – Opole

La Traviata, Giuseppe Verdi
La Traviata, Giuseppe Verdi

Myron Jusypowicz was guest conductor in an opera-in-concert performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata at the Filharmonia Opolska im. Józefa Elsnera in Opole, on June 10, 1994. It was the 1993 – 1994 season finale for the Opole Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir.

The soloists for the opera in concert performance of G. Verdi’s La Traviata in Opole were:

  • Liudmilla Dawymuka, soprano, in the role of Violetta
  • Stepan Piatnyczko, baritone in the role of Alfredo
  • Roman Tsymbala, tenor in the role of Germont
  • Iwanna Taratula, mezzosoprano in the role of Flora and Anina

“A year ago, while I was traveling though Opole, it was suggested to me that I conduct a concert here. For some time, I considered conducting a concert of symphonic music, but finally decided to conduct opera music instead, specifically an opera-in-concert. I chose La Traviata because it is a well known and well liked opera.” (from an interview with Myron Jusypowicz, conducted by Anna Tabisz, published in Gazeta Wyborcza, June 10, 1994)

December 12, 1992

Muzyka Operowa i Operetkowa – Wałbrzych

Opera Concert Program from Wałbrzych
Opera Concert Program from Wałbrzych

On December 11 and December 12, 1992 the Orkiestra Symfoniczna Filharmonii Sudeckiej performed a concert of musical selections from opera and operetta at the Filharmonia Sudecka w Wałbrzychu. The evening was under the musical direction of Maestro Myron Jusypowicz.

Soloists, who performed that evening were:

  • Tamara Kucenko, soprano
  • Wołodymyr Ignatienko, tenor

The evening’s program included arias and orchestral excerpts from various famous and popular operas and operettas:

  • St. Moniuszko, Straszny Dwor
  • F. Lehar, Wesoła wdówka
  • I. Kalman, Ksiezniczka czardasza, Hrabina Marica, Ksiezniczka cyrku
  • G. Verdi, Moc przeznaczenia (La forza del destino)
  • G. Puccini, Tosca
  • R. Leoncavallo, Pajace
  • P. Mascagni, Rycerskosc wiesniacza (Cavalleria Rusticana)
February 8, 1991

Koncert Muzyki Operowej - Bielsko-Biala

Opera Concert in Bielsko-Biala
Opera Concert in Bielsko-Biala

The Orkiestra Symfoniczna Filharmonii Śląskiej performed an evening of opera arias and ovetures at the Dom Muzyki in Bielsko-Biała on February 8, 1991. Conductor for the evening was Myron Jusypowicz.

The soprano that performed that night was Svetlana Dobronravova and the tenor was Aleksander Vostriakov. In Polish, their names are spelled Swietłana Dobronrawowa and Aleksander Wostriakow. Both of these singers are soloists with the Kyiv National Opera and Ballet in Ukraine.

In 1991, Ukraine was still part of the Soviet Union (USSR). Poland, however, was on its way to a democracy. Maestro Jusypowicz, who was resident in Lwów, had to get special permission to travel outside of the Soviet borders. So did the soloists.

The evening’s program included arias and orchestral excerpts from various classical operas:

  • Stanisław Moniuszko, „Halka“
  • Piotr Czajkowski, „Eugeniusz Oniegin“, „Dama Pikowa“, „Jolanta“
  • Giuseppe Verdi, „Moc Przeznaczenia“, „Rigoletto“
  • Giacomo Puccini, „Tosca“
  • Ruggiero Leoncavallo, „Pajace“
  • Pietro Mascagni, „Rycerskość wieśniacza“
February 7, 1991

Koncert Muzyki Operowej - Katowice

Special Permission Telegram
Special Permission Telegram

The Orkiestra Symfoniczna Filharmonii Śląskiej performed an evening of opera arias and ovetures at the Sala Filharmonii Sląska in Katowice on February 7, 1991. Conductor for the evening was Myron Jusypowicz.

The soprano that performed that night was Svetlana Dobronravova and the tenor was Aleksander Vostriakov. In Polish, their names are spelled Swietłana Dobronrawowa and Aleksander Wostriakow. Both of these singers are soloists with the Kyiv National Opera and Ballet in Ukraine.

In 1991, Ukraine was still part of the Soviet Union (USSR). Poland, however, was on its way to a democracy. Maestro Jusypowicz, who was resident in Lwów, had to get special permission to travel outside of the Soviet borders. So did the soloists.

The evening’s program included arias and orchestral excerpts from various classical operas:

  • Stanisław Moniuszko, Halka
  • Piotr Czajkowski, Eugeniusz Oniegin, Dama Pikowa, Jolanta
  • Giuseppe Verdi, Moc Przeznaczenia, Rigoletto
  • Giacomo Puccini, Tosca
  • Ruggiero Leoncavallo, Pajace
  • Pietro Mascagni, Rycerskość wieśniacza
September 25, 1990

Ballet The Creation of the World by Andrey Petrov Bytom

Creation of the World Ballet
Creation of the World Ballet

The ballet Stworzenie Świata (The Creation of the World) by Andrej Pietrow (Andrey Petrov) was performed on September 25, 1990 in Bytom, Poland.

The soloists, corps-de-ballet, choir and orchestra were from the Lviv State Opera and Ballet Theatre.

The evening’s performance was under the musical direction of Myron Jusypowicz.

September 24, 1990

Stworzenie świata by Andriej Pietrow - Katowice

Creation Dance in Katowice
Creation Dance in Katowice

The Lviv Opera and Ballet traveled to Katowice, Poland to perform the ballet Creation of the World by Andrey Petrov. The performance took place on September 24, 1990.

The evening of dance was part of several Gościnne występy (Guest performances) at the Opera Sląska initiated by the Managing and Artistic Director, Tadeusz Serafin.

Myron Jusypowicz conducted the evening ballet performance.

Continue reading:

Aida by Giuseppe Verdi – Katowice

Koncert Muzyki Operowej – Katowice

April 21, 1989

Koncert Symfoniczny – Rzeszow

Symphony Concert in Rzeszow
Symphony Concert in Rzeszow

On April 21, 1989, there was a special concert performed by the Orkiestra Filharmonii Rzeszowskiej, at the Państwowa Filharmonia im. A. Malawskiego under the musical direction of Maestro Myron Jusypowicz.

The soloists that evening were:

  • Włodzimierz Żylin, cello ( wiolonczela )
  • Oksana Trunko, violin ( skrzypce )
  • Jerzy Wolnicki, violin ( skrzypce )

The evening’s program included a variety of musical selections:

  • G. Rossini – Uwertura “Sroka Złedziejka”
  • C. Saint-Saens – Koncert wiolenczelowy a-moll
  • J.S. Bach – Koncert d-moll na dwoje skrzypiec BWV 1043
  • W.A. Mozart – Symfonia D-dur “Haffnerowska” KV 385
  • M. Musorgski – Noc na Lysej Gorze

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