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)
„It’s a haunted, very haunted manor….” sings the main male character, Stefan, in his grand aria in the 3rd Act of „The Haunted Manor” – national polish opera composed by Stanisław Moniuszko, who’d be 200 years old on the 5th of May 2019.
Yesterday, once more, I sang the role of Zbigniew – Stefan’s elder brother – second main male character of the piece.
It was the last stage production of Ryszard Peryt, general director of Royal Polish Opera. Having set the staging with symbols referring to the past that somehow still lives in and around us, the recent Mr. Peryt’s passing puts Royal Polish Opera’s „Haunted Manor” in a transcendent light.
I won’t even try to verbalise something non-verbalisable, only to say that this extraordinary staging confirms what we often do not want to accept or even remember of: what we see and are able to understand, is only one small layer of the reality we live in.
I also strongly believe that the very last scene announces the true legacy of Mr. Peryt’s Opus. Requiescat in Pace…