The Royal Theatre in the Old Orangery in the Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw
Work 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.
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 twice due to the pandemic, to finally take place in April 2021 – yet in its online version, without the participation of the audience. It is only during the 5th Festival of the Polish Opera that the enthusiasts of the genre will have the chance to enjoy the opera live in the theatre. 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 JAKUB SZAFRAŃSKI
ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR KAROL SZWECH
AASSISTANT DIRECTOR SŁAWOMIR JURCZAK
II ASSISTANT DIRECTOR AGNIESZKA KOZŁOWSKA
STAGE MANAGER TATIANA HEMPEL–GIERLACH
JOB ADAM KRUSZEWSKI
ELIPHAZ 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 JAN CZAJKA
CONDUCTOR TADEUSZ KAROLAK
The seats in the auditorium are not numbered.
PLEASE NOTE: the entrance to the Royal Theatre in Łazienki Park is located in Agrykola street.
One hour before the performance as well as for an hour after it is finished, the audience can use the electric cart running between the Royal Theater and the Łazienki Gate at the corner of Myśliwiecka / Agrykola streets.
The media patron of the 5th Festival of the Polish Royal Opera is