Paria is Moniuszko's last opera, never ever performed outside of Poland and rarely heard in Poland. The Polish opera in London's latest production presents to the world a masterpiece of drama and music that took Polands national opera composer over ten years to complete. The story focuses on social injustice in the Hindu Caste System as dramatised by French poet and dramatist Casimir Delavigne.
The warrior Idamor (Rafal Bartminski) opens the Prologue expressing his love for Neala (Natasha Day) the daughter of the High Priest Akebar (Marcin Gesla). Dzares (Lukasz Biela) is a "Paria", an outcast who has come to search for his long lost son. Will he find him? Who, now, is his long lost son?
Throughout the opera choirs of adults and children represent warriors, crowds, and heavenly voices accompanied by the Orchestra of the Polish Opera in London
Staged by Director Feliks Tarnawski and conducted by Stephen Ellery this production with the Polish Opera in London, POSK, aims to bring these great works by Moniuszko into the repertorie of opera theatres around the world and is the culmination of 5 years of work during which other operas by Moniuszko have all had their first ever London stagings (Verbum Nobile, Halka, Straszny Dwor, Hrabina).