….per sepulchra regionum, coget omnes anthe thronum.
By this famous excerpt from Dies Irae sequence starts every bass his adventure with Mozart’s Requiem
I’m glad to announce that on the 20th of October 2018 in Warsaw I’m about to sing it again too, together with many of my good colleagues and great friends.
It’s a blessing to sing such music, I also feel blessed to perform it in a company of friends, I hope we’d all be even more blessed to sing it for a public consisting of YOU!
Yesterday I sang Commendatore for the at Royal Polish Opera (I wrote about it here)
Today, couple of photos, mainly backstage, done by one of the make-up’ers (greetings!) and the „official” one by M. Czerski
In July 2018 I had my House- and Roledebut as Commendatore from „Don Giovanni” at the new opera house in Warsaw: Royal Polish Opera. I performed the role on the 5th and 6th of July 2018 (both opening nights).
On the 16th of September 2018 there’ll be my third time. Next performances later on are to be announced soon.
As you might already know, we had to postpone our concert in Hannover that was planned for 19.08.18, due to independent from us, organisational reasons (large stage, open-air concert of balkan music practically at the entrance of the museum – on the square in the direct nearby area).
We’ve already got new date!
It’s 4th of November 2018.
We’re going to perform works composed by F. Schubert, K. Brochocka, T. Baird and M. Wajnberg, main part of which id going to be german first performances.
More details very soon, stay tuned and save the date! This time for sure! 🙂
In March 2018 I’m about to sing Jesus (!!!) in 3 performances of Arvo Pärt „Passio”. The first one is already a history (3.03.18 in Warsaw – details). Two more to go – in Göttingen and Hannover (details). I cannot find words to describe how much does it mean to me to sing such a piece and, above all, to debut in the part of Jesus at the age of 33…
For couple of years, together with my friends gathered under the aegis of o.to.ja foundation we have been organising concerts such as Haendel’s Messiah and Bach’s St. John’s and St. Matthew’s Passion to celebrate those specific periods of preparation: Advents and Lents.
Because we believe
1) that pieces of music serve not (only) as exhibits in the museum – they might inspire even better, if played in a certain moment of the year,
2) people not accustomed to listening to the classical music could be more encouraged to attend concerts not particularly played in big, prestigious concert halls,
3) an innovative way of funding a cultural event can activate the potential audience and in a long-term perspective can build tight relations between the artists and their audience.
4) introducing and maintaining certain regularity in organising such concerts can create a demand for more classical music in the public sphere – which is and should be one of most important aims for every classical artist aware of the decrease in this area.
We fight the best we can, this time by organising Bach’s St. John’s Passion in Warsaw, using only crowdfunding way of sponsorship. We have to collect the whole sum, only than we’ll be able to perform.
So do not hesitate to check out how are we doing on bit.ly/pasja17 (it’s in polish but easily translatable).
If you’d like to help us, please contact me, I’d be glad to guide you!
I would like to proudly announce that I’ve accomplished the February Marathon of performances at Mainfranken Theater Würzburg with today’s Entführung aus dem Serail. For 2 weeks I’ve sung 7 performances: 3 Nabuccos, 3 Entführungs, and 1 Hugenots. With those at the end of January and beginning of February I’ve sung 10 performances (2 Nabuccos and 1 Entführung more) in 30 days.
My next performance comes on the 12th of March. I haven’t had that long pause since October 2016. No worries, I’ve got much to do during that time, about which I’m going to write my next post, so keep fingers crossed!
P.S. The photo above was taken by Rudi, another lovely person I’ve met during my work at Mainfranken Theater. It was made about 30 minutes before the last Nabucco, on the 24th of February ’17. A moment on the stage just before the performance has become almost a ritual during that intensive time.