Castor et Pollux

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Jean-Philippe Rameau

Castor et Pollux

Theatre of the Warsaw Chamber Opera

Libretto: Pierre-Joseph Bernard

Premiere | 27 November 2021

Director and choreographer: Deda Cristina Colonna
Music director: Benjamin Bayl
Set design, costumes and lighting: Francesco Vitali

Duration: 140 minutes, 1 intermission

Artists:

Castor: Kieran White/Hubert Walawski
Pollux: Simon Robinson/Kamil Zdebel
Télaïre: Judith van Wanroij/Tosca Rousseau
Phébé: Marta Brzezińska/Anna Werecka-Gryć
Jupiter: Dawid Biwo/Piotr Pieron
Le grand Pretre de Jupiter: Piotr Pieron/Wojciech Sztyk
Cleone/Une Ombre Hereuse/Une suivante d’Hébé: Ingrida Gapova/Joanna Radziszewska
Un Athlete/Mercure/Un Spartiate: Aleksander Rewiński/Aleksander Kunach

Dancers:
Adrian Navarro, Aleksandra Pawluczuk, Dominik Skorek, Joanna Lichorowicz-Greś, Sławomir Greś, Elisa Bermejo Gómez, Valerie Lauer, Alberto Arcos

Harpsichord: Ewa Mrowca

Vocal Ensemble of Warsaw Chamber Opera
Music director of Vocal Ensemble – Krzysztof Kusiel-Moroz

Ancient Instruments Ensemble of Warsaw Chamber Opera
Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense

Animations: Giardino Artlab22 Milan
Multimedia mapping: Pro4Media Warsaw

Stage manager: Natalia Mirowska
Production manager: Robert Kęsik
Language consultations: Ewa Pilecka

Assistant director: Hannah Gelesz
Assistant choreographer: Adrian Navarro
Assistant conductor: Dorota Cybulska-Amsler
Assistant set designers: Urszula Bartos-Gęsikowska, Alec Kevin James Boreham
Assistant costume designer: Stefania Jabłońska-Łosyk

Conductor
Benjamin Bayl

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After the premiere of the opera “Armide” has turned out to be a huge success for the Warsaw chamber musicians, the director of the Warsaw Chamber Opera, D.Sc. Alicja Węgorzewska-Whiskerd invited the same duo of Italian producers to work on another great production. This time, Deda Cristina Colonna and Francesco Vitali staged in Warsaw Jean-Philippe Rameau’s opera “Castor et Pollux”.

The show tells a beautiful story of a journey of two brothers Castor (mortal) and Pollux (immortal), who walk together through life, death, jealousy and love.

– My vision of staging and choreography of „Castor et Pollux” at the Warsaw Chamber Opera is to view the libretto through the esoteric astronomy, showing the story as a personal journey from one’s internal contradictions, to reaching human consciousness, and presenting nature as a harmony of contrasting forces. The characters presented in the drama will correspond to those from the Great Taro’s Lassos. I won’t tell anything more – says Deda Cristina Colonna before the premiere of the opera „Castor et Pollux”.

Through the figures of the Dioscuri, in Roman mythology known as Castors, Deda Cristina Colonna showed in her vision human features on the basis of its natural contrast, often confronting human and divine features. Thus, there was a space to show a boundless friendship, but also the void left by a loved one’s death, joy and its opposing pole – mourning.

Jean-Philippe Rameau presented to the world the opera “Castor et Pollux” at the Académie Royale de Musique in Paris on 24th of October in 1737. Within two months, the work was staged 21 times, and thanks to the revision made by the composer himself that was staged on 11th of January in 1754, “Castor et Pollux” was presented 254 times (from 1737 to 1785) and was considered a masterpiece of French opera.