Saaremaa Opera Festival 2022

20. – 24. July 2022

The main performer Silesian Opera in Bytom, Poland

 

 

 

Wednesday, 20 July at 8 p.m.

Charles Gounod „ROMEO AND JULIA“

Kuressaare Castle Opera House

Duration: 3 h 30 min


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Thursday, 21 July at 8 p.m.

Night with Mozart

Kuressaare Castle Opera House

Rimsky- Korsakov. „Mozart and Salieri“ (opera in one act)

Mozart. „Requiem“ (ballett performance)

Duration: 3 h

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Thursday, 21 July at 11 p.m.

„Waiting for Chopin“

Opera royal, Kuressaare Castle Yard

Production by Michal Znaniecki

Duration: 1 h 40 min

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Friday, 22 July at 8 p.m.

Giuseppe Verdi „TRAVIATA

Kuressaare Castle Opera House

Duration: 3 h


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Saturday, 23 July at 8 p.m.

OPERA GALA

Soloists, opera choir and symphony orchestra of Silesian Opera

Kuressaare Castle Opera House


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Sunday, 24 July at 2 p.m.

GALA FOR CHILDREN

Performance of Silesian Opera

Kuressaare Castle Opera House


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Charles Gounod

 

„ROMEO AND JULIET“

 

Wed, 20.07.2022  Kuressaare Castle Opera House / 20:00

 

SELVER presents

 

Opera in two acts

Performance of Silesian Opera Production by Michał Znaniecki

Running time: 3.5 h

 

Love story doomed by the everlasting hatred in between rivalling families – the Capulets and the Montagues.

“This is a story about conflict in which innocence is intertwined with family feud of the adult world. That is why we have children in the cast (little Juliette and little Romeo).  As long as they are not infected with adulthood, they are able to love and they do not think of foes, politics and personal feuds. Yet, life is different. It forces one to accept social roles; revenge, loyalty, the tokens of social identity” emphasises Michał Znaniecki, the director.

The performance was awarded three Golden Masks – as the Performance of the Year 2017 being one of them

 

 “NIGHT WITH MOZART”

 

Thu, 21.07.2022  Kuressaare Castle Opera House / 20:00

Performance of Silesian Opera

 

„Night with Mozart“

Performance of Silesian Opera
Production by Michał Znaniecki

“The Secret of Requiem“ (opera in one act)
Mozart. „Requiem“ (ballett performance)

Running time: 3 h

The Secret of Requiem” introduces the mysterious story of the death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the accompanying aura of the artist’s last composition. Dark ghosts of the dead are harassing Emperor Leopold II, with whom the artist was the court composer of chamber music. Who is guilty for the death of the great composer? Wife? Sister? Mistress? Or maybe he was poisoned by his musical rival Antonio Salieri? The clues are not easy and anyone can turn out to be guilty… The emperor decides to investigate. Other characters from the composer’s life appear in front of Leopold II to talk about their emotions and experiences related to Mozart. Each analyses the artist’s situations and last days trying to judge others. When leaving this world, everybody is left alone with their feelings, fear, reconciliation, resignation, and hope. The theatrical narrative of exploration is accompanied by the most famous arias from operas by Mozart and combined with the ballet interpretation of “Requiem.

M. Znaniecki

“WAITING FOR CHOPIN”

 

Thu, 21.07.2022  Opera Royal, Kuressaare Castle Yard / 23:30

Performance of Silesian Opera

 

 

Saaremaa Opera Festival Night performance

“Waiting for Chopin”

Performance of Silesian Opera
Production by Michał Znaniecki

Running time: 1h 40 min

It is a theatrical musical performance reflecting the ambience of drawing room musical meetings complemented by games played with the audience, singing together and co-experiencing.

The protagonists are Chopin’s female pupils who talk and exchange remarks and comments on his methods of work and on his compositions. They perform some of maestro’s songs which he created especially for them during various social events. George Sand analyses the composer’s artistry evident in his works, and Delfina Potocka’s touching recollections serve as pretext to present some of his oeuvres. The unknown features of Chopin’s character and even less known musical works create a charade of music, words, thoughts and feelings. It is only in the finale that we learn it was all just a drawing room game invented by George Sand who collects materials for her new novel. Will Chopin arrive? This remains a secret until the very end. Maybe he will be called for, maybe he will arrive, or maybe somebody will dress up as him… Let us wait for Chopin.

G. Verdi

 

„TRAVIATA“

 

Fri, 22.07.2022  Kuressaare Castle Opera House / 20:00

Performance of Silesian Opera

BLRT Grupp presents

 

Opera in two acts

Performance of Silesian Opera
Production by Michał Znaniecki

Running time: 3h

Verdi´s masterpiece tells the story of the tragic love between the courtesan Violetta and the romantic Alfredo Germont which is played out against the hypocrisy of upper-class fashionable society.

S. Moniuszko

 

“THE RAFTSMAN”

 

Sun, 24.07.2022  Kuressaare Castle Opera House / 14:00

 

Balbiino presents

 

Performance for children “The Raftsman”

Performance of Silesian Opera

Composer Stanisław Moniuszko

Running time: 1 h

OPERA GALA

 

Sat, 23.07.2022 Kuressaare Castle Opera House / 20:00

 

Soloists, opera choir and symphony orchestra of Silesian Opera

 

Opera Gala Soloists, opera choir and symphony orchestra of Silesian Opera

OPERA ROYAL

Fri, 22.07.2022  / 23:00

Sat, 23.07.2022  / 23:00

Kuressaare Castle’s yard

Midnight Salon Opera Royal

 

Fri, 22.07.2022  / 23:00

Sat 23.07.2022  / 23:00

 

NEW MURPHY BAND

Airi Allvee (vocal)

Margus Jürisson (vocal)

Ülo Mälgand (piano)

Valdo Preema (percussion)

Tõnis Tüür (double bass)

Lauri Sepp (alto saxophone)

Olavi Osimann (tenor saxophone)

Jaak Oserov (trumpet)

Priit Zimmermann (trombone)

 

The repertoire of the dance orchestra presents the best dance music classics including Latin and swing rhythms. Songs performed both in Estonian and English, are familiar and catchy.

 

Doors are opened from 23:00. The program starts after the opera has ended.