LOST ARIAS RESEARCHERS at the Wroclaw Opera
Usually when we get to the opera house we see the action, awesome sets, dancers, singers, we hear the orchestra. Music guides and changes perception. It’s so good sometimes to break the order and see who’s behind it.
During that amazing night, musicians were on stage, we could watch and them as they looked at their booths, they were focused, we could see the expressions on their faces, how their bodies were moving. On a daily basis, they are responsible for the heart of the opera, and generally completely invisible escape our attention. It is a great treasure to see their work and their commitment, which this time did not come from under the stage, but were within reach, in front of our eyes. This concert was in a way a tribute to the musicians and they deserve a deep reverence for all the musical effort they bring every day.
At first it might seem difficult to watch musicians play for two hours, but their movement on stage was second to none. The smoothness of the strings in motion, the movements of their bodies, the changing of cards with the notes, the expressive treble and the balance of the instruments (which you could finally see!) Was a real treat. The instruments were one of the main characters of the evening. Their movements were not strictly choreographed, but created an energetic image. Unsurprisingly, conductor Bassem Akiki was fantastic as usual and led the musicians with ease.
After reveling in the image, let’s move on to what was heard. Magnificent, forgotten, mysterious and unknown tunes. I learned a lot that night and discovered parts that I couldn’t know. The concert listed the repertoire of not the most popular composers, such as Franciszek Mirecki, Konstanty Gorski or Henryk Jarecki and I can certainly say that after this concert my appetite for the unknown increased. The repertoire has been chosen in such a way that the voices of the soloists, Joanna Zawartko, Szymon Mechlinski, Piotr Buszewski can resonate in a spectacular way, releasing incredible tones from their voices.
My favorite piece (and apparently not just mine) was from the opera “Pan Wołodyjowski” based on, yes, yes, the works of Sienkiewicz composed by Henryk Skirmunt. The incredible musical dynamics, the surprising changes of rhythm and atmosphere as well as the mass of emotions conveyed by the singers made me want to see this work in its entirety one day.
The independent works formula also allowed the public to react in a lively and spontaneous manner, and the public eagerly expressed their joy. There was energy, vitality, youth and love for art in the room. What more could you want? Does it sound even better if I add educational inserts about opera and anecdotes about the creators? Or perhaps the engaged expression of the singers and the conductor’s sparkling sequin jacket? Opera can be young and for young people. Don’t waste the next golden opportunity to find out.
Photo Tomasz Golla