The Royal Castle in Warsaw
The event is co-organized by the Royal Castle in Warsaw.
The six-part masterpiece by Johann Sebastian Bach was written for Christmas in 1734, which is confirmed by the composer’s autograph on the manuscript surviving to this day. Rediscovered in the 19th century, today the piece belongs to the canonical repertoire performed during Advent and Christmas. In Bach’s time, the individual cantatas that made up the oratorio resounded individually during the celebrations of three consecutive Christmas days, on New Year’s Day, on the Sunday following it, and on the feast of Epiphany. Today, the musical story of the birth of Christ is most often performed during two evenings, and that is how it will be presented by the Artists of the Polish Royal Opera.
The concert will feature the first three cantatas from the famous oratorio. The first of them, beginning with the solemn and joyful cry of the choir Jauchzet, frohlocket! Auf, preiset die Tage telling the story of the birth of Jesus. The following two parts recount the revelation of the news to the shepherds and their adoration of the newborn baby. An attentive listener will surely notice the joint music-making of the shepherds (oboes) and the angelic hosts (strings and flutes) in the brilliant instrumentation, and in the bright sounding trumpet parts – the triumph of the miracle of God’s birth.
Johann Sebastian Bach – Weihnachts-Oratorium, BWV 248
Musik zu Weihnachten, Neujahr und Epiphanias
cantata I: Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf, preiset die Tage
cantata II: Und es waren Hirten in derselben Gegend
cantata III: Herrscher des Himmels, erhöre das Lallen
IWONA LUBOWICZ SOPRANO
JAN JAKUB MONOWID ALTO
JACEK SZPONARSKI TENOR (EVANGELIST)
TOMASZ KRZYSICA TENOR
JAROSŁAW BRĘK BASS
KRZYSZTOF GARSTKA HARPSICHORD, CONDUCTOR
Duration: approx. 1 h 30 mins
The seats in the auditorium are not numbered.
We kindly encourage you to read the rules of participation in cultural events organized by the Polish Royal Opera:
- If you are not feeling well, are ill, or had contact with an infected person – stay at home.
- Please, take a face mask with you. On entering the Theatre building, you are obliged to wear a mask covering your mouth and nose.
- At the entrance to the building, please have your temperature taken.
- Disinfect your hands after entering the Theatre building.
- Please remember to sign the Participant Declaration. If possible, please bring the printed and signed declaration with you, if not – fill it in in the Theatre, in the area shown by the staff.
- Take the seat assigned to you by the staff.
- Please come earlier – latecomers will not be allowed into the auditorium.
We care about the safety of our Guests!
- Disinfectants are available at the entrance to the building.
- At the entrance to the building, staff may take your temperature.
- The common spaces and sanitary rooms are disinfected regularly.
- Only 75% of the seats in the auditorium will be available. Persons vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 who voluntarily show a QR code confirming their vaccination with a double dose of the vaccine on the day of the event do not count towards the limit.
Should you have any questions, we are at your disposal on site of the event or at the phone number +48 500 309 424.