Konstancja Gładkowska may have been the love of a young Chopin but she herself and the extent of their relationship remain shrouded in the mists of history.
The Warsaw-born counter-tenor, who completed a Master’s degree in vocal performance at Warsaw’s Fryderyk Chopin School of Music, will take to the stage in Handel’s Rinaldo next month.
Concerts, song recitals and opera performances are planned all over Poland on Sunday to commemorate the 200th birth anniversary of composer, conductor and musician Stanisław Moniuszko.
The director of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera Waldemar Dąbrowski and a renowned Polish stage director Krzysztof Warlikowski have won the International Opera Awards, known as "Opera Oscars".
In the new production, Treliński says he has sought to heighten feelings of tension and the psychological aspects contained within the stories.
On July 3 the ICE Congress Centre in Kraków will host a concert by French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, known for his excellent performances of early music.
Opera’s David Pountney said: “It has been a great privilege and honour to come into contact in my professional career with various cultures, but it is the Polish culture that has played a very special role in my life.”
Stanisław Moniuszko, an outstanding 19th-century Polish composer, dubbed father of the Polish national opera, was named the patron of the Central Railway Station in Warsaw on Saturday.
Born in May 1819 when Poland was amid the throes of its third Partition having been torn apart by Prussian, Austrian and Russian forces, Stanisław Moniuszko went on to become one of the most celebrated of patriotic composers of all time.
The opera was first shown in 1926 at the Grand Theatre in Warsaw. The new production, directed by Mariusz Treliński, shows the Sicilian ruler in all his human fragility as he faces an inner struggle between reason and instinct.