Certainly it has been the most demanding artistic experience of the season and one of the most important in my artistic life.
On the 16th of February 2019 at POLIN Museum in Warsaw during POLIN Music Festival 2019 we have staged an extraordinary musical poem about M. Wajnberg – „M. Wajnberg. Epitaph”.
Only a year before the premiere all M. Wajnberg songs for bass and piano that served as a musical basis of the performance, were lying in manuscript form only, not having been sung in public.
Naprawdę wyrazy uznania należą się tu basowi Tomaszowi Raffowi, który to wszystko śpiewa, a przy tym odgrywa rolę samego kompozytora, oraz pianiście Mischy Kozłowskiemu, odgrywającemu tu Szostakowicza. Obaj są naprawdę świetni, a muzyka jest – jak trafnie stwierdziła moja siostra – hipnotyzująca.
By staging „M. Wajnberg. Epitaph” we have not only premiered the songs but also told the story, parts of which happen in our lives. I strongly believe, the story of M. Wajnberg’s life reflects our lives, particularly during those moments, we do not want to think of. Moments of neglection, helplessness and, eventually the shade of nearing death, coming sometimes as a relief. But also moments of life saving wonders, that were nothing more and nothing less than the subtle touch of God..
M. Wajnberg – Epitaph
16.02.19 POLIN Music Festival Warsaw
Wajnberg: Tomasz Raff
Father: Linus Roth
Shostakovich: Mischa Kozłowski
Muse: Aleksandra Klimczak
Direction: Natalia Babińska
Playwright: Agata Wieczyńska
Set Design: Diana Marszałek
Video: Paweł Nowik, Zuzanna Grzegorowska
The list of M. Wajnberg songs performed:
Tryptyk (Triptychon) op. 99 words L. Staff (Shade, Autumn, Silent Fame)
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.
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…
It’s been already 2 years ago. In a town somewhere in the northeast of Poland two musicians and friends decided to perform this extraordinary piece. Extraordinary not only because F. Schubert’s „Winterreise” is a worldwide performed and acclaimed masterpiece itself, but mainly due to another fact. The fact that another artist, Stanisław Barańczak, 167 years afterwards, published his own, independent poems with the intention of performing them together with the Schubert’s music.
If it doesn’t seem anyhow special to you, name me some poets that made something similar. And made it not only in a „performable” way, but literally gave the chance that the „old” music lives a new life. Or name at least one..
Therefore, I would like to remind you and myself of this, unfortunately the only performance of Polish Winterreise of mine and my sincere friend Katarzyna Neugebauer. It was a great honour and joy to perform it. I hope that we repeat it soon.
Below some highlights of this amazing evening on the 8th of November 2015:
For the first time since I’ve started singing profesionally, I’ve got some more time to spare. Well, not quite much, because I’ve already have couple of dates running towards my direction, still, it’s been more calm since I left Würzburg.
What I mainly do these days? Well, first of all I’ve got some time to improve my vocal skills and concentrate on details and those aspects that hadn’t been that perfect 😉
Moreover, working independently means also organising independently, which consumes some time, so I’m preparing myself and the world around for couple of artistic events I’ll participate in and co-produce during next months. I’ll try to inform you of the details as soon as projects oficially appear on the artistic calendars.
Please, be patient and do not dare to forget me, for I’ve got quite much to tell you. Even more than before 😀
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.
The last show took place on the 17th of February 2017 at Mainfranken Theater Würzburg.
That was a very succesful and, simply, great production which all of us enjoyed very much. I am really glad and truly happy, that I was able to take part in it, not-that-small part 😉
On the photo above one of lovely people I’ve met during the production, Jari Drazil – whose work of art was my face and the whole head. Don’t hesitate to visit his website to find out more about this great person and fine artist.