OPERATIC ARIAS

24 June 2022, Friday
Time 19:00
The Palace on the Isle in the Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw

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Whether in the era of Viennese masters, in the heyday of Romanticism, or in the late nineteenth century, opera arias are a field for compositional refinement and performance artistry. They not only content carry the content of the text, but also reveal the characters’ personality, their bad or good intentions. The often extreme emotions they experience – from euphoria to despair – are enchanted in the monologues of the characters of dramas.

During the concert, we will hear fragments from the famous stage works of Mozart, from Beethoven’s only opera, from compositions by such Italian masters as Bellini and Verdi, and from representatives of the French operatic tradition – Bizet or Gounod. Outstanding singers – Monika Ledzion-Porczyńska and Wojtek Gierlach – accompanied by Dagmara Dudzińska at the piano, will embody both the characters from comic operas (such as Cherubin or Figaro from Le nozze di Figaro) and tragic heroes – for example, the lovesick Santuzza from the verismo opera Cavalleria rusticana Mascagni. The audience will also have the opportunity to listen to Dalila’s song of betrayal from the work of Saint-Saëns and experience the devilish cunning of Mephisto from Gounod’s opera Faust. The arias selected for the program contain a whole range of emotions presented in a variety of musical styles.

PROGRAM

W.A. Mozart – Voi che sapete – aria (Cherubino) from the opera Le nozze di Figaro
W.A. Mozart – Smanie implacabili – aria (Dorabella) from the opera Così fan tutte
W.A. Mozart – In diesen heil’gen Hallen – aria (Sarastro) from the opera Die Zauberflöte
L. van Beethoven – Hat man nicht auch Gold beineben – aria (Rocco) from the opera Fidelio
G. Bizet – L’amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera) – aria (Carmen) from the opera Carmen
P. Mascagni – Voi lo sapete, o mamma – aria (Santuzza) from the opera Cavalleria rusticana
V. Bellini – Vi ravviso, o luoghi ameni – aria (Count Rodolfo) from the opera La sonnambula
G. Verdi – O Patria… o tu Palermo – aria (Procida) from I Vespri Siciliani
C. Saint-Saëns – Mon coeur s’ouvre à tavoix – aria (Delilah) from the opera Samson and Delilah
Ch. Gounod – serenade (Mefisto) from the opera Faust
W.A. Mozart – Deh vieni alla finestra – serenade (Don Giovanni) from the opera Don Giovanni
W.A. Mozart – La ci darem la mano – duet (Zerlina and Don Giovanni) from the opera Don Giovanni

PERFORMERS

MONIKA LEDZION-PORCZYŃSKA MEZZOSOPRANO
WOJTEK GIERLACH BASS