A PLAY ABOUT THE PASSION AND RESURRECTION

7 April 2024, Sunday
Time 19:00
The Royal Theatre in the Old Orangery in the Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw

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The tradition of passion-themed performances dates back to the Middle Ages. Shown in churches and schools, during religious processions and court ceremonies over the centuries, they constituted a testimony to the dramatic story of the Passion of the Christ that continues to be relevant to this day – originally documented in the New Testament, and then interpreted many times in literature, art, and music. The Polish Royal Opera brings back the richness of old Polish customs, pointing to the universal message of the Passion through a new reading of old texts and musical pieces.

A Play about the Passion and Resurrection is a tale of innocent suffering and human weakness, but also about hope and the victory of goodness and truth. Patryk Kencki’s script composed of old Polish texts is filled with the oldest Polish songs and dances arranged by Jacek Urbaniak. In addition to works by well-known authors, such as Cyprian Bazylik, Krzysztof Klabon, Mikołaj Gomółka, and Wacław of Szamotuły, we will hear anonymous compositions from Renaissance tablatures. Performed on period instruments, they will evoke the atmosphere, color, and diversity of Poland from a bygone era. However, the performance is not an attempt to reconstruct Renaissance or Baroque theater: the biblical story is presented in an inventive way using modern means appropriate to the sensitivity of the modern viewer.

MUSIC DIRECTOR KRZYSZTOF GARSTKA

DIRECTOR, LIGHTING DESIGN JERZY MACHOWSKI

PLAY SCRIPT PATRYK KENCKI

SET DESIGN AND COSTUMES ALEKSANDRA REDA

MUSIC, ARRANGEMENT JACEK URBANIAK

CHORUS MASTER JAKUB SZAFRAŃSKI

ASSISTANT DIRECTORS SŁAWOMIR JURCZAK, AGNIESZKA KOZŁOWSKA

ASSISTANT SET DESIGNER PAULINA ARASZKIEWICZ

STAGE MANAGER TATIANA HEMPEL-GIERLACH

CAST

PROLOGUS / JESUS / EPILOGUS ADAM KRUSZEWSKI

ZECHARIAH / PETER PAWEŁ MICHALCZUK

PRIMUS ANDRZEJ KLEPACKI

SECUNDUS JAKUB A. GRABOWSKI

TERTIUS JAN MACHOWSKI

IVAN PIOTR CHWEDOROWICZ

PHARISEE WOJTEK GIERLACH

ANNAS MATEUSZ ZAJDEL

CAIAPHAS LESZEK ŚWIDZIŃSKI

JUDAS  WITOLD ŻOŁĄDKIEWICZ

JOHN ROBERT SZPRĘGIEL

MARY ANETA ŁUKASZEWICZ

PONTIUS PILATE SYLWESTER SMULCZYŃSKI

ANGEL BARBARA ROGALA

MARY MAGDALENE GABRIELA KAMIŃSKA

MARY SALOME DOROTA LACHOWICZ

MARY JACOBI JUSTYNA STĘPIEŃ

DEVIL PIOTR KĘDZIORA

APOSTLE OF THE CROSS MARTA SCHNURA

THE CHORUS OF THE POLISH ROYAL OPERA

THE PERIOD INSTRUMENTS ENSEMBLE OF THE POLISH ROYAL OPERA CAPELLA REGIA POLONA

CONDUCTOR KRZYSZTOF GARSTKA 


The seats in the auditorium are not numbered.

PLEASE NOTE: the entrance to the Royal Theatre in Łazienki Park is located in Agrykola street.