Inauguration of 56. Music Festival in Lancut
20th May 2017, 19:00, open-air concert
The Podkarpacka Filharmonia Symphony Orchestra im. Artur Malawski in Rzeszów
Sławomir CHRZANOWSKI – conductor
Katarzyna DONDALSKA – soprano
Joanna WOŚ – soprano
Monika LEDZION – mezzosoprano
Paweł SKAŁUBA – tenor
Andrzej DOBBER – bariton
W. A. Mozarta, G. Rossiniego, G. Verdiego, G. Pucciniego, F. Lehara.
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The Podkarpacka Filharmonia Symphony Orchestra im. Artur Malawski in Rzeszów
The Podkarpacka Filharmonia Symphony Orchestra im. Artur Malawski in Rzeszów was established in 1955. At present it is one of the most dynamically growing symphony orchestras in Poland. Its high artistic status is confirmed by the fact that it had the possibility to cooperate with such outstanding conductors as: J. Maksymiuk, K. Penderecki, J. Katlewicz, A. Wit, T. Wojciechowski, G. Chmura, W. Michniewski, A. Duczmal, T. Strugała, M. Pijarowski, Ł. Borowicz. Additionally, the Orchestra was led by a number of eminent foreign conductors, who included: V. Kiradjiev, G. Rinkevičius, P. Verro, A. Kalajdzic, J. Berweckyj, D. Gimenez. Those performing with the Podkarpacka Filharmonia Symphony Orchestra included highly acclaimed artists from Poland and abroad, e.g.: A. Kurzak, J. K. Broja, A. Wodnicki, W. Malicki, K. Jakowicz, K.A. Kulka, P. Pławner, B. Nizioł, T. Strahl, A. Bauer, Ł. Długosz, E. Indjic, S. Yoon, R. Lakatos, K. Kenner, E. Kulibaev, Ph. Do, J. Malovany, J. Carreras, N. Kovalowa. The orchestra also cooperates with choirs and ballet companies, such as those performing at: the Music Department of the University of Rzeszów, Teatr Wielki in Łódź, Opera Krakowska, Teatr Wielki Opery Narodowej in Warsaw, Opera i Filharmonia Podlaska and Lviv Opera House, Choir der Wiener Männergesang-Verein. The Rzeszów Orchestra performs regularly, presenting a varied repertoire, from Baroque to modernity, and focuses particularly on Polish music, which it presents during concerts abroad, as well. Highly valued by both listeners and critiques, the orchestra has performed during many festivals, which include: Vratislavia Cantans, Festival of European Culture in Kraków, Krystyna Jamroz International Festival in Busko-Zdrój, in Krynica-Zdrój, as well as the International Music Festival in Toledo (Spain). The Orchestra has also performed in such countries as: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Spain, Germany, Russia, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, USA, and Hungary. In October 2013, the Orchestra visited Vienna’s MusikVerein and accompanied its choir during a concert conducted by A. Barnas; the program of the event included C. Orff’s Carmina Burana. The musicians have also performed in Saarbrűcken (Germany). In January 2014, the Podkarpacka Filharmonia Symphony Orchestra, conducted by V. Kiradjiev, performed at the National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, where it accompanied L. Angelov during the world premiere of Piano Concerto in B Minor by M. Moszkowski. In June of the same year, the Podkarpacka Filharmonia Symphony Orchestra, led by Tadeusz Wojciechowski, performed in the Golden Room of Musikverein in Vienna. Other achievements of the Podkarpacka Filharmonia Symphony Orchestra include numerous recordings for TV and radio, as well as for the public. The Orchestra released CDs of Mozart’s Requiem, and Messa di Gloria by G. Rossini, which in fact is the second recording of this composition in the history of the music industry, worldwide. Another of their albums contains works by Józef Wieniawski recorded with conductor Piotr Wajrak. Musicians of the Orchestra additionally belong to numerous chamber ensembles performing at the Filharmonia Podkarpacka and greatly contribute to the musical life of the region.
Sławomir Chrzanowski was born in Rybnik in 1961. He studied music at the Academy of Music in Katowice, where, in 1986 he graduated from the faculty of Theory of Music, and in 1986 from the faculty of Symphony Conducting with Prof. Karol Stryj. Already during his studies he began working with the university Music Band of the twentieth century, which has made several world premieres of works by contemporary composers. In 1985-1990 he conducted chamber and symphonic orchestras in the State Music Secondary School in Katowice.
With those groups he participated in several international music festivals (Festival of Chamber Orchestras in Ahrensburg – Germany, “Musica senza frontiere” in Bologna – Italy). He also performed in Berlin at a special concert to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the outbreak of World War II.
In 1987 he participated in the International Course for Young Conductors in Weimar with Prof. Kurtt Sanderling, where he conducted the final concert. In 1991 he participated in the International Conductor’s Competition in Trento – Italy. In 1990, as a result of the contest, he was appointed general and artistic director of Zabrze Philharmonic, which he has managed to date. Together with this orchestra he has given over 1200 concerts at various venues in the country and abroad. In the years 1991-1995 he was the artistic director of the Philharmonic in Rybnik.
He has conducted at festivals (“Gaude Mater” in Częstochowa, “Viva il Canto” in Cieszyn, the Zabrze Music Festival, the Krystyna Jamroz Festival in Busko-Zdrój, Trnawska Wiosna Muzyczna in Trnawa etc.) He repeatedly conducted cyclical events – “Nieszpory Ludźmierskie”, “Three Polish Tenors Concert”. More than 30 times, he conducted concerts – also great charity events – with the participation of the greatest Polish tenor Wieslaw Ochman. He made CD recordings, also including archival recordings from the Polish Radio and the Polish Television. With his orchestra he performed abroad – in Russia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Japan.
He has conducted the majority of Polish philharmonic and chamber orchestras with which he maintains constant cooperation/and the National Polish Radio Symphony in Katowice and the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Krakow. During his concerts, he had many world premiere performances of several works including, e.g., the works of Bogusław Schaeffer, Andrzej Dziadek and Gheorge Zamfir. He regularly performs with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Ostrava and operas in Bytom and Lviv.
Several times he performed in the US, where in addition to concerts, he conducted open lectures for students of the history of Polish music.
One of the greatest baritones of the world. A graduate of the Academy of Music in Krakow. Winner of the prestigious vocal competitions, including, e.g.: Gütersloch (Neue Europeische Stimmen), in Vienna (Belvedere), in Munich (Grand Prix of the ARD Competition). He performs on the biggest stages in the world, including, e.g.: in Berlin (Deutsche Oper, Komische Oper, Staatsoper), in Dresden, Essen, Frankfurt am Main. He also sang in Hanover, Hamburg, Karlsruhe, Cologne, Leipzig, Munich, Nuremberg, Amsterdam, Brussels, Cincinnati, Edinburgh, Florence, Glasgow, Hong Kong, London (Covent Garden, Albert Hall), Malaga, Milan (La Scala), Montpellier, New York (Metropolitan Opera, Fischer Hall), Paris (Bastille Opera), St. Petersburg, Tel Aviv, Toulouse, Tokyo, Vancouver, Vienna. He participated in the Glyndebourne Festival Opera (Macbeth). In the Polish Grand Theatre – National Opera he performed in such operas as: Simon Boccanegra, Rigoletto and La Traviata by Verdi and Carmen by Bizet. He has performed under the baton of many prominent conductors, such as: Christian Thielemann, Colin Davis, Roger Norrington, Arnold Oestmann, Riccardo Chailly, Gary Bertini, Edo de Waart, Pinchas Steinberg, Giuseppe Sinnopoli, Simone Yang, Helmuth Rilling, Kazushi Ono, Stefan Soltesz, Vladimir Fiedosiejew, Vladimir Jurowski, Sylvain Cambrelling, Yakow Kreizberg, Roberto Abbado, Richard Armstrong, Riccardo Muti, Carlo Rizzi, Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev. From among many achievements of the artist is worth mentioning his debut at Milan’s La Scala under the baton of Riccardo Muti (Rigoletto, Troubadour) and numerous appearances at the festival Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under the baton of Zubin Mehta (Troubadour, Attila, Tosca). In 2007 he made his debut at the New York’s Metropolitan Opera and the Fisher Hall. The year 2008 brought him a debut at the London’s Covent Garden (La Traviata). In the same season he returned to Paris Bastille (Luisa Miller), Amsterdam (A Masked Ball) and Hamburg (Macbeth), he also appeared in the following performances: King Roger in St. Petersburg and Edinburgh, Rigoletto, La Traviata in Hamburg, New York (MET) and Los Angeles, Stiffelio in MET, Simone Boccanegra in Toulouse. The only Polish baritone singing Verdi’s baritone roles on the largest and most prestigious stages in the world.
In 2013, he recorded a solo album ARIAS which in April 2014 won FRYDERYK prize in the category “best solo album in classical music”.
In February 2015 he was awarded the honorary title of German Kammersänger awarded to prominent and distinguished opera singers. It is a remarkable, elite distinction awarded only rarely and by representatives of the highest authorities.This dignity is derived from feudal times, when kings and princes called with this name particularly talented, favorite artists performing on their courts.
Katarzya Dondalska is a Polish born coloratura soprano who began her musical career with the violin at the age of five. At the age of fifteen she began studying singing and completed her studies in both singing and violin with distinction and a “Meisterk- lasse” diploma at the State Academy of Music in Würzburg, Germany. She was a finalist and holder of numerous prizes in several well-known international singing competi- tions such as the Internationaler Musikwettbewerb der ARD, the Cardiff Singer of the World Festival, and the “Sylvia Geszty” Coloratura Singing Competition in Luxemburg. In 2011, the Danzig Music Academy awarded her a doctoral degree.
Her most celebrated roles include Mozart’s Queen of the Night and Constanza, Richard Strauss’s Zerbinetta, Stravinsky and Braunfels’ Nachtigall, Offenbach’s Olympia, and Rossini’s Rosina which she has successfully performed in opera houses such as: the Grand Opera in Houston, the Welsh National Opera in Cardiff, the Korean National Opera in Seoul, the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, the Nationaltheater in Mannheim, the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw, and many others.
Her international concert tours have taken her to famous concert halls such as the Avery Fisher Concert Hall in New York, the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Washington John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Chicago Music Hall, the John Bassett Theatre in Toronto, the Philadelphia Verizon Hall – Kimmel Center, the Copley Symphony Hall in San Diego, the Paramount Theater in Seattle, the Orpheum Theater in Vancouver, the Royal Theater in Victoria, the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier in Montreal, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, the Winspear Centre in Edmonton, the Jack Singer Concert Hall in Calgary, the in Düsseldorf, the Fruchthalle Kaiserslautern, Friedrichstadtpalast in Berlin, the Schloss Benrath in Düsseldorf, the Konzerthaus in Stockholm, the DR Koncerthuset in Copenhagen, the Königin-Elisabeth- Saal in Brussels, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Kölner Philharmonie, the Philharmonie Berlin, the Carl-Orff Saal am Gasteig in Munich, and the Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin.
She has worked with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln, the NDR Rundfunksinfonieorchester Hannover, the Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg, the Bruckner- Symphonieorchester Linz, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. She has also worked with artists such as Vasily Petrenko, Dennis Russell Davies, Roberto, Carlo Rizzi, Edita Gruberowa, Francisco Araiza, Elmar Gunsch, Günter Wewel, Gunter Emmerlich, Barbara Bonney, Pete York, Paul Esswood,Lanze Ryan, Stefan Pop ,Desiree Rancatore,Dmitry Korchak, Anna Maria Kaufmann, Katherine Merling, Hanno Müller-Brach- mann, Anna Goryachova,Sebastian Reinthaller,Tom Allen, Markus Werba, Diana Damrau, Maciej Pikul- ski, Madeleine Wehle, Brigitte Mira, Ingrid Surgenor, Ingrid Kreuder, Stefan Johannes Walter, Daniele Abba- do, Bogusław Kaczyński, Alexander Petrov, Lesley Gar- rett, Ute Lemper, Till Brönner, Klaus Hoffmann, Joja Wendt czy Chris de Burgh.
Katarzyna Dondalska’s first recordings of arias were by Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf and sacred songs by Otton Mieczysław Żukowski. She is well known publicly through her appear- ances on TV and radio broadcasts for ARD, BBC, RAI, RBB, SWR, BR, and WDR. In June 2015, Katarzyna Dondalska was awarded the postdoctoral degree from the Council of the Vocal and Acting Department of the Academy of Music in Łódź. Since October 2015 r. she is the professor of the Akademia Sztuki w Szczecinie.
The artist which combines in a masterly way extremely difficult coloratura parts with extraordinary lightness and sense of bel canto style. Joanna Wos has a sonorous intonation, spotlessly clean voice with a very wide range (ranging freely high F6). Impressive lightness and excellent precision allows the artist to perform even the most daring coloratura parties effortlessly while retaining the unique sound and sophisticated style of bel canto.
Laureated of many prestigious vocal competitions and festivals. Awarded first prize at the International Vocal Competition in Bilbao, multiple laureated of the Golden Masks (music critics awards). She made her debut in the title role of “Lucia di Lammermoor” by Gaetano Donizetti at the Grand Theatre in Lodz. The success she has achieved in her first role left no doubt that she has a unique vocal talent. This event has decided about further development of the artist’s career. After graduating from the Academy of Music in Lodz she permanently tied to working with the Grand Theatre and became its soloist. The enthusiasm of the audience and critical acclaim are an integral part of the artist’s career, her subsequent roles are accepted with appreciation. The artist enchants not only phenomenal coloratura, but also lyrical and dramatic outstanding talent.
In addition to regular co-operation in Lodz, we can also watch Joanna Wos on the scenes of the National Opera in Warsaw, Krakow Opera, the Grand Theatre in Poznan, Baltic Opera, National Philharmonic and Krakow Philharmonic. She guests at many opera houses in the world including Royal Festival Hall in London, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Rome Auditorium, Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre in Moscow, National Opera in Vilnius, national Opera in Zagreb, Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre and many others opera houses and concert halls all over the world.
Artist sang under the direction of many great conductors such as Antoni Wit, Jonas Aleksy, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Tadeusz Kozłowski, Jan Krenz, Jacek Kaspszyk, Friedrich Haider, Will Crutchfield, Marco Baldieri, Andrea Licata, Massimiliano Caldi, Gabriel Chmura. She sang along with prominent singers, among whom were, as baritone Renato Bruson and Artur Ruciński, as tenors Salvatore Licitra, Salvatore Fisichella, Piotr Beczała, Arnold Rutkowski, Mariusz Kwiecień and American soprano Gwendolyn Bradley. In her repertoire we find not only the strictly coloratura parties like Queen of the Night in “The Magic Flute” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Rosina in Gioachino Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville”, Olympia in “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” by Jacques Offenbach and Anna Bolena in Donizetti’s opera, but also outstanding dramatic and lyric roles like Violetta in “La Traviata”, Gilda in “Rigoletto” by Verdi, Elvira in “I Puritani” by Bellini and Norina in Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale”. In repertoire she has also the roles of Oscar in Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera”, Queen of Shemakha in “The Golden Cockerel” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Musetta in Puccini’s “La Boheme”, the Countess in “The Marriage of Figaro”, Fiordiligi in “Così Fan Tutte” by Mozart, Donna Anna in “Don Giovanni”, Magda in “La Rondine” by Giacomo Puccini, Eurydice in “Orpheus and Eurydice” by Christoph Willibald Gluck, as well as the Wife in Schnittke’s “Life With an Idiot”. The concert repertoire of Joanna Wos is also impressive, including: “Stabat Mater” by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi and Rossini’s, “Requiem”, “Exultate Jubilate” and Mozart’s masses, “Saint Cecilia Mass” by Charles-François Gounod, “Requiem” by Gabriel Fauré, “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff and “Stabat Mater” by Karol Szymanowski.
Her latest recording for Polish radio is a recital of arias from operas written by Prince Józef Michał Poniatowski with pianist Kevin Kenner. In 2009 she recorded an album titled “The Songs of Chopin” with Marek Drewnowski. At the National Opera in Warsaw she has sung in premiere performances: as Magda in Puccini’s “La Rondine” (2003 direction-Marta Domingo), the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” (2006 direction- Achim Freyer), as well as the title roles in Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” and Lucrezia Borgia (2009) and in Gluck’s “Orphée et Eurydice” (2009) and “La Traviata” (2010). In April 2010 she recorded for the BBC, Symphony No. 3 by Henryk M. Gorecki with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop at the Royal Festival Hall in London. In 2011 she performed main role in Donizetti’s “Maria Stuarda” in Grand Theatre in Poznan. In march she played Gilda (Rigoletto – G. Verdi) in Grand Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw. In the same year she received enthusiastic reviews after “Anna Bolena” of Donizetti performed during Saint Moritz Oper Festival. In 2012, she appeared in the character of Adina during the premiere of “L’Elisir d’Amore” at the Krakow Opera and Violetta at the premiere of “La Traviata” at the Baltic Opera. In Aprill 2013 the Grand Theatre in Lodz staged especially for her Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena”. In this role the artist has once again demonstrated an unparalleled mastery of vocal and acting, which is an integral part of implementing the bel canto style. Ovation of spectators of “Anna Bolena” was completed by critical acclaim, which has awarded to the artist the Golden Mask artist, for best dramatic-singing role.
Initially, she learned to play the violin at the 1st Degree Music School in Rzeszow, and then undertook vocal studies at the Warsaw Academy of Music, graduating in the class of Prof. Halina Słonicka (2000). She has participated in master classes conducted by Rusko Ruskov and Stefania Toczyska. As a student she debuted at the Musical Theatre “Roma” with a role in Opinia Publiczna in Orpheus in Hell by Offenbach, and immediately after graduation she became a soloist of the Warsaw Chamber Opera. At this stage, she performs the following roles in Mozart’s works: Genius III and III Lady in The Magic flute, Dorabella in Cosí fan tutte and Carmi in Betulia liberata, Syxtus in La Clemenza di Tito. She performs the role of Giulietta in KelbarUn Giorno di regno by Verdi, Olga in Eugene Oneginby Tchaikovsky, Karolka in Jenufie by Janaček.
Her repertoire also includes the role of Jadwiga in The Haunted Manor by Moniuszko, which she sang at the invitation of the Krakow Opera in the open-air presentation at the castle in Niepołomice, and a year later at the Opera “Nova” in Bydgoszcz. She cooperated with Grand Theatre – Polish National Opera in Warsaw. She appeared there, among others, in role of Polina in The Queen of Spades by Tchaikovsky, Bersi in Andrea Chénier by Giordan, Maddalena in Rigolletto by Verdi, Siebela in Faust by Gounod, II Lady in The Magic flute by Mozart and in the solo role in Diary of One Who Disappearedby Janaček and as Lady II in a performance for young audiences W krainie czarodziejskiego fletu. The artist worked with Grand Theatre in Poznan, where she appeared as Dorabella in Cosí fan tutte by Mozart directed by Grzegorz Jarzyna.
She sang Aza in the premiere performance of the opera by Paderewski Manru in “Nova” Opera in Bydgoszcz. The play inaugurated the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Bydgoszcz opera scene and was recorded on DVD. She took part in the world premiere of a stage performance of opera Yvonne, Princess of Burgundy by Zygmunt Krauze at the festival “Warszawska Jesień”. For several years, she has successfully created the role of Carmen in the most important Polish opera houses: Krakow Opera, Bydgoszcz Opera, Baltic Opera, Łódź Grand Theatre, Poznań Grand Theatre and Opera Podlaska in Bialystok. She performs oratorio and cantata and songs repertoire. In the following Philharmonics: National Philharmonics, Philharmonics of Poznan, of Krakow, of Gdansk, of Bydgoszcz, of Rzeszow in performances Stabat Materof Pergolesi, Stabat Mater of Rossini, Coronation Mass, Missa brevis and Mozart’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
She sang the songs by Brahms, Richard Strauss, Schubert, Schumann, Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Moniuszko and Chopin. She took part in the performance of the Polish Requiemby Penderecki at the final concert of the Festival of Polish Music, registered by the Polish Radio.
She has collaborated with distinguished conductors, including with Kazimierz Kord, Tadeusz Kozłowski, Andrzej Straszyński, Tadeusz Strugała, Grzegorz Nowak, Łukasz Borowicz, Marcin Niesiołowski, Bassem Akiki, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Gabriel Chmura and directors: Ryszard Peryt, Laco Adamik, Mariusz Treliński, Grzegorz Jarzyna, Achim Freyer, Robert Wilson, Marek Weiss.
He graduated with honors from the Academy of Music in Gdansk in the class of Piotr Kusiewicz. He made his debut in 1996, as Ernesto in Don Pasquale at the Opera Baltic, where he is a soloist. In 1993, as the only Pole and the youngest participant was a finalist of the First Placido Domingo International Vocal Competition in Paris. In 1997, on the occasion of the celebration of the 1000th anniversary of the City of Gdansk, he had the privilege to perform at the Vatican in St. Peter’s Basilica, taking part in a concert conducted by Jerzy Katlewicz in the presence of Pope John Paul II.
He makes many concerts and records. He has received award of Towarzystwo Przyjaciół Sztuki Association of Gdańsk for his achievements. He was the scholar of Yamaha. In 2000, he was nominated for the prestigious Polish phonographic industry award Fryderyk for the CD with recordings of the canons of Stanislaw Moniuszko. He is the winner of the Tenth Edition of the Jan Kiepura Theatre Prize of Music – Best Singer. It also has a statue – Personality of the Year 2015. He was the winner of the first prize at the 4th International Tournament of Tenors in Szczecin. He also performs in Canada (Mississauga Living Arts Center) and the USA (Chicago Symphony Center).
Although he permanently performs at the stage of the Baltic Opera, he also works with theaters and philharmonics in Poland and abroad. He performs as: Alfredo in La Traviata, Stefan in The Haunted Manor, Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Edwin in The Csárdás Princess, Eisemstein in Die Fledermaus, Pollione in Norma, Prince in Rigoletto, Sandor Barinkay in Gypsy Baron, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Leński in Eugene Onegin, Jontek in Halka, Narraboth in Salome, Pierre in Madame Curie (the performance was registered and published on DVD by DUX), Don José in Carmen, Wacław in Mary.
In 2006 he took part in the world premiere of the mega production entitled Ça Ira, by Roger Waters (Pink Floyd). In the same year he recorded the solo album entitled. Polish songs enthusiastically received by critics and audiences, which was confirmed by his nomination for the Fryderyk Award of 2006. He also made many recordings for the Polish Radio and Television. In 2010 he was awarded the “Gloria Artis” Medal.