07/09/2018 16/09/2018

Wrocław hosts 53rd Wratislavia Cantans classical music festival

A concert version of Karol Szymanowski's opera King Roger launched the 53rd International Wratislavia Cantans Festival in Wrocław (southern Poland) on Friday. During this year's festival, 25 concerts are planned of which 14 will be in Wrocław.

The Wratislavia Cantans festival, which runs until September 16, is the biggest and most prestigious classical music festival in Lower Silesia. It is organised by the National Forum of Music.

This year's festival is being held under the slogan: Liberation, which relates in part to this year's centenary of Poland regaining independence. "We want to remember those who fought for that independence; we also remember all those who after the First World War believed that following the hardship of war a wonderful new world would emerge," National Forum of Music Director Andrzej Kosendiak said at a press conference inaugurating the festival.

He observed that the slogan also invites the question: what is liberty in the social and personal dimension? He added that music has always been a space of liberty.

During the festival's inauguration, the public was treated to a concert rendition of Szymanowski's 'King Roger,' directed by Jacek Kasprzyk. In the opinion of the festival's artistic director, it is one of the greatest musical works of the 20th century.

"Only in the last two decades have we returned to its production, and rightly so because this work should be restored to the repertoire," the festival's artistic director, Italian conductor Giovanni Antonini, remarked.

The festival concludes on September 16 with an oratory work - 'Messa da requiem' by Giuseppe Verdi.