5.09. – A journey through the world of opera

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05.09, 6:00 pm – Festival’s finale –  A journey through the world of opera
 Concert Hall in CKK Jordanki / Tickets: PLN 30 (BUY TICKET)

Ieva Juozapaitytė (Lithuania) – soprano
Vytautas Juozapaitis (Lithuania) – baritone
Dainius Pavilionis (Lithuania) – conductor
Toruń Symphony Orchestra

W. A. Mozart – The Marriage of Figaro Overture
Rossini –  The Barber of Seville, Act I: Figaro’s Aria – “Largo al factotum”
G. Donizetti – L’elisir d’amore, Adina’s Aria – ” Prendi”

G. Verdi – Rigoletto Overture
G. Verdi – Rigoletto, Rigoletto Aria “Cortigiani vil razza dannata”
G. Verdi – La Traviata, Violetta’s Aria “É strano Sempre libera”
G. Verdi – La Traviata, Violetta & Germont duet
M. Glinka – Ruslan and Lyudmila Overture
A. Dvorak – Rusalka, Rusalka’s Aria “Song to the Moon”
Klova –  Pilėnai, Ūdrys Aria
Dvarionas – Žvaigždutė
U. Giordano – Andrea Chénier, Chénier’s Aria
Mascagni – Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana
G. Puccini – La Boheme,Musetta’s aria Quando m‘en vo‘ soletta
Leoncovallo – Mattinata
Gershwin – Porgy and Bess, Summertime Aria
Bizet – Carmen Overture
Bizet – Carmen, Eskamilio’s Aria

The history of the opera can be viewed from the perspective of a conflict between word and music. There is drama and theatricality at the root of the virtuosity-based opera’s genetic code, and a theatre feeds on different principles than music. Musical drama does not often go hand in hand with theatrical drama, and the bel canto-style vocal performances deal a blow to the comprehensibility of the word, making the plot vague or trivial. But the story of the opera was told by two geniuses who merged music and word into a delightful whole, combining the musical with the theatrical. The first of them was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. His Marriage of Figaro is a true masterpiece. It is not easy to find a similar work in the entire oeuvre of comic opera that would showcase such a dynamic and clearly defined plot and energetic music. The Marriage of Figaro has a true ‘gallery of characters’, but they are not traditionally tailored for the fashion of opera buffa. They are the real people, the flesh and blood, ordinary, simple, yet authentic, with their faults and vices.  Sławomir Pietras wrote: “The very first bars of the overture to this popular Mozart’s opera make it clear that we are in for a barrel of fun. Then, all throughout the four acts, the music pulsates like the best French champagne, and comic situations change like in a kaleidoscope”.

The other theatrical and operatic phenomenon was Giuseppe Verdi. As Piotr Kamiński noted, the main roles in his Rigoletto enchanted many generations of singers: “Gilda combines innocence, purity and noble heroism without the shadow of sentimentalism (…), while Rigoletto is the touchstone for Verdi’s baritone, a clear, ‘realistic’ recitation in solo pieces, and in three duos with Gilda – Bellini’s bel canto, the highest artistry of colour, dynamics and subtle phrasing. Verdi began the veristic trend in music, which is based on truth, simplicity and naturalness. The trend was also represented by: Ruggiero Leoncavallo (Clowns), Giacomo Puccini (La boheme), Pietro Mascagni (Rustic chivalry). In France, the trend of musical naturalism is represented by George Bizet’s Carmen, which, according to Friedrich Nietzsche, was an antidote to Wagnerian dramas.

Aneta Derkowska, PhD

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