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2005




THE EUROPEAN JAN KIEPURA FESTIVAL

Krynica-Zdrój, 13th-27th August 2005


   Our Festival has been recognised as the greatest summer festival in Poland and this part of Europe. Its artistic programme consists of opera and operetta performances, symphonic concerts, ballet and theatrical spectacles, proms, and presentations of films featuring Jan Kiepura. In total, one thousand artists will perform during the two Festival weeks, and our 24 spectacles will attract an audience of approximately sixty thousand people from all over Poland and Europe, as well as America and Australia. Millions of viewers worldwide will be able to participate in the Festival events thanks to the television coverage, which includes a live broadcast.
    The main Festival venue is the spacious hall of the Central Pump Room in Krynica, holding c. 1000 listeners. Stage spectacles and recitals are held in the theatre house, seating c. 500 people.
    The Festival’s greatest spectacle – HERE SANG JAN KIEPURA – to be presented on the Boulevard, with picturesque 19th-century spa houses in the background, will be produced and broadcast, as in previous years, by the Polish Television Programme Two. Polish Radio One will offer daily coverage of the Festival events.
    Since last year, the Festival concerts have also been held in various Polish cities and outside Poland, in the form of FESTIVAL STOPOVERS. The first historical Stopover was organised in the Main Square in Cracow for an audience of 60 thousand; performances in Toronto and Trzebinia soon followed. In 2005, we will perform again in Cracow, and later in Warsaw, Gdynia, Szczecin, Poznań, Kielce, Wrocław, Łańcut, Nowy Sącz and Biała Podlaska. The Festival programme includes operas (Nabucco), operettas (Orpheus in the Underworld, Der Vogelhändler - The Bird Seller), musicals (Fiddler on the Roof), theatrical plays (The Teacher with Wojciech Pszoniak). The audience will also have the opportunity to hear the first performance of Piotr Rubik’s Holy Cross Golgotha.
    The highlights of this year’s Festival are the great gala concerts – STARS OF THE WORLD’S OPERA HOUSES with leading artists from Moscow’s Theatre Bolshoi (the only Polish performance!) and a revue of opera and operetta stars – GREAT FAME IS BUT A JOKE.
    This year’s Festival will open with a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s monumental and dignified Messa da Requiem which often marks particularly important events (it calls for a huge complement of about 150 performers, including a symphony orchestra, choir and soloists). The Requiem performance is our homage to John Paul II, the great Pope and a great Pole; between the movements of the Mass, we will listen to him again, lifting our spirits with his words. This unique, poignant musical night will begin with the national anthem and the European Union hymn – an excerpt from Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
    The opening day of the festival will also, as previously, be accompanied by the release of yet another album in the series BOGUSŁAW KACZYŃSKI – GOLD COLLECTION. After the albums Jan Kiepura – Sweet Melody of the Night and Johann Strauss – King of Waltz and The Emperor’s Waltz, music lovers will receive the long awaited Magical World of the Operetta – a 3CD box with the most beautiful arias and duets performed by great Polish stars, from Beata Artemska to Grażyna Brodzińska. The album is the first anthology of operetta music in the history of the Polish music record industry.
    I heartily invite you in August to the delightful Krynica, the enchanted town with Jan Kiepura in its coat of arms, which every year, thanks to our Festival, becomes Europe’s capital of song.




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