JOB (HIOB) / KRZESIMIR DĘBSKI (WORLD PREMIERE)

25 April 2021, Sunday
Time 19:00
The Royal Theatre in the Old Orangery in the Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw



STREAMING LIVE

Online concert on the YouTube channel of the Polish Royal Opera.

 

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World premiere. The piece was commissioned by the Polish Royal Opera.

 

I myself wrote a new drama with Greek form, Christian spirit, eternal content […]. A drama about suffering: “Job”.

This is how the twenty-year-old Karol Wojtyła wrote about his work in 1940 in a letter to his friend – Mieczysław Kotlarczyk. The young playwright read the Old Testament tale of innocent suffering and the steadfastness of faith from a Christological perspective, and saw its parallel with the fate of Poland plunged in the horrors of war. As part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Polish Pope and the 80th anniversary of the creation of this extremely mature and symbol-rich text, the Polish Royal Opera invites you to a contemporary musical interpretation of the story of Job.

Krzesimir Dębski’s opera is full of bold juxtapositions of archaic language with modern orchestration techniques and the captivating sound of the choir’s commentary, reminiscent of a Greek tragedy. It is not without significance that the premiere of the work, originally planned for May 2020, had to be postponed due to the pandemic that spread across almost the entire world. For that same reason, it was not possible to present the concert version of the work in October 2020. Perhaps, however, all these difficult circumstances will strengthen the universal message of the work. It is, as the composer himself emphasizes, “an opera […] about the fate of a man who has fallen into misfortunes and then arises from this fall”.

MUSIC DIRECTOR TADEUSZ KAROLAK

DIRECTED BY TOMASZ CYZ
SET DESIGNER NATALIA KITAMIKADO
CHOREOGRAPHY NATALIA DINGES
LIGHTING DESIGN KATARZYNA ŁUSZCZYK
CHORUS MASTER LILIANNA KRYCH
ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR KAROL SZWECH
AASSISTANT DIRECTOR SŁAWOMIR JURCZAK
II ASSISTANT DIRECTOR AGNIESZKA KOZŁOWSKA
STAGE MANAGERS TATIANA HEMPEL–GIERLACH, DOROTA LACHOWICZ

 

CAST

JOB  ADAM KRUSZEWSKI
ELIHU  JAKUB BOROWCZYK
JOB’S WIFE  ANETA ŁUKASZEWICZ
CHORUS MEMBER I, ELIPHAZ  SYLWESTER SMULCZYŃSKI
CHORUS MEMBER II  PAWEŁ KOWALEWSKI
CHORUS MEMBER III, ZOPHAR  MACIEJ GRONEK
CHORUS MEMBER IV, STABLE HAND GRZEGORZ ŻOŁYNIAK
THE FALLEN, SHEPHERD, SHEPHERD’S HAND, SERVANT, BILDAD  LESZEK ŚWIDZIŃSKI
PROLOGOS / EPILOGOS  PAWEŁ MICHALCZUK
CHILD FRANCISZEK KACZOROWSKI

THE CHORUS OF THE POLISH ROYAL OPERA

THE ORCHESTRA OF THE POLISH ROYAL OPERA

CONDUCTOR TADEUSZ KAROLAK

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