Mozart Night vol. 2
Closing Gala of the 31st Mozart Festival in Warsaw
Arnold Szyfman Polish Theatre
Tomasz Cyz – director
Sebastian Piotrowicz – choreographer
Natalia Jóźwiak – assistant choreographer
Musicians of Ancient Instruments Ensemble of Warsaw Chamber Opera
Musicae Antique Collegium Varsoviense
In programme, among others:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Così fan tutte (KV 588)
Duet Ah, guarda sorella
Quintet Di scrivermi ogni giorno
Trio Soave sia il vento
Aria Un’aura amorosa
Duet Prendero quel brunettino
Cavatina Tradito, schernito
Duet Il core vi dono
Finale Stelle, che veggo
We invite you to the Gala Mozart Night, an extraordinary show where Don Giovanni can sing to Fiordiliga, Idomeneo meets the Queen of the Night, it’s pure magic. Magic that you will feel in a moment.
A two-part Mozart show, where – as in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream – the lovers are misguided, unexpected guests appear, and there are surprising qui pro quo. The production is based on Così fan tutte, but during this strange and beautiful night we will also hear the excerpts from Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute.
Our young opera characters will experience some adventures, role swaps, unexpected connections, partner swaps that – perhaps – only this night can explain and clarify. And all of this is happening only to come back to each other: perhaps smarter, more experienced, more tender.
A great musical event, that Tomasz Cyz directed to his script. Katarzyna Szymańska prepared the set design, combining different worlds and stagings in a rather unexpected way. Non-obvious choreography was created by Sebastian Piotrowicz and Natalia Jóźwiak. The artists will be accompanied by the Orchestra of the Warsaw Chamber Opera – Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense conducted by Radosław Kamieniarz.
Galas with popular arias, duets and ensembles often appear as special opera events. Not everyone likes them, but Gala Mozart Night was different. Tomasz Cyz, its director and author of scenario, created a new story of fragments of Mozart’s various operas. The characters from Così fan tutte meet the leads of The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute, and the arias they sing take on new meanings. Something like an 18th-century opera pasticcio. The singers are in costumes. The set design is created by projections that change in each piece. The frequently used projections for small stages in today’s theatres are a boon. If used skillfully, they can dazzle. And here Katarzyna Gabrat-Szymańska, the set designer of this gala deserves the words of appreciation.
The key to connecting all the works seems to be the love themes that appear in four Mozart operas: “Così fan tutte”, “Don Giovanni”, “The Marriage of Figaro” and “The Magic Flute”. These kind of loves, however, are different. Mozart’s works contain perverse romances, great loves, romantic relationships as well as childish infatuations.
… How to combine several oeuvres of Viennese classic and not overwhelm them too much? Obviously, giving up some aspects is necessary if the creator wants to move a certain plot forward. However, it is important to remember what the WCO itself points out that although all the works touch on love, they are extremely different. The playful “Così fan tutte” will meet the not-so-comical “Don Giovanni” or the somewhat mysterious “The Magic Flute”.
Wojciech Gabriel Pietrow, Presto