“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…