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26 Mar, 2024
“A Play about the Passion and Resurrection” – Old Polish composers at Polish Royal Opera
© Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, The Taking of Christ, 1602 / National Gallery of Ireland.

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 16th-century composers known by name, such as Cyprian Bazylik, Krzysztof Klabon, Mikołaj Gomółka or Wacław of Szamotuły, the program features anonymous compositions from Renaissance tablatures. Performed on historical instruments, they will evoke the atmosphere, color and diversity of Poland from the past centuries. The Polish Royal Opera brings back the richness of old Polish customs through a new interpretation of old texts and musical scores.

The tradition of passion-themed performances dates back to the Middle Ages. Shown over the centuries in churches, schools, during religious processions and court ceremonies, they were a testimony to the dramatic events of the Passion of the Christ. Originally recorded in the New Testament, the story continues to be relevant to this day.

A Play about the Passion and Resurrection” opens on April 6, 2024 at the Royal Theatre in the Old Orangery of the Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw. The second performance will be held the following day. Krzysztof Garstka supervises the musical performance, with cast featuring: Adam Kruszewski, Paweł Michalczuk, Andrzej Klepacki, Jakub A. Grabowski, Jan Machowski, Piotr Chwedorowicz, Wojtek Gierlach, Mateusz Zajdel, Gabriela Kamińska, Dorota Lachowicz, Justyna Stępień.

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