Polish Opera in London

Beginning with Moniuszko's one act opera Verbum Nobile (2008), the Polish Social and Cultural Association POSK has presented a cycle of Moniuszko operas during the last 11 years including Halka (2014), Straszny Dwor (2015), Hrabina (2016), Pariah (2017), Fliss (2018) and Jawnuta (2019) as well as a 200th Birthday Gala featuring fragments of unkown outside Poland operatic and symphonic music. .

Soloists have included Polish opera singers resident in UK Marcin Gesla, Lukasz Biela, Przemyslaw Baranek, Violetta Gawara, Milena Dobrzynska, Piotr Lempa, Kamil Bien as well as guests from Polish opera houses Bydgoszcz, Lodz, Warszawa, Wroclaw and Bytom including sopranos Agnieszka Adamczak, Monika Swiostek, mezzo Olga Marroszek, tenors Rafal Bartminski, Lukasz Gaj, Tadeusz Szlenkier and Maciej Komandera. Music staff pianist have included Marek Ruszczynski, Wolfgang Fritsch, William Fielding among others.

Choruses built up from different Polish choirs in London as well as traditional dances by London based Polish ensembles as well as the participation of a Waltham Forest Ballet School have made the events highly entertaining, dynamic and memorable leading to great reviews in Opera, Opera Now and the Stage magazines as well as Polish magazines Goniec, Cooltura, Tydzien Polski with brilliant media support by Tomasz Furmanek and dramatic photography by Ryszard Szydlo among others.

We are preparing our 2nd production of Moniuszko's opera Halka. Our chorus has been rehearsing via Zoom since Tuesday March 31.

Please contact Andrzej Kotowicz or myself if you wish to join the chorus for the next London production a.kotowicz@btopenworld.com

Productions have featured stage directors Richard Fawkes and Felix Tarnawski and conductors Alexander Walker and Stephen Ellery with scenery by Mike Leopold and costumes by Beata Barton-Chapple and lighting by Zubair Dhalla. The past 3 years have benefited greatly from the months and months of dedicated chorus rehearsals of Andrzej Kotowicz.

If you are interested in any aspect of our work or would like to join, recommend someone or become a supporter of our work please contact either myself, Stephen Ellery

27B Poppleton Rd, London, E11 1LP
0044 7845778100/0044 203 566 7119
ellery007@hotmail.com

or

Polish Social and Cultural Association Ltd
238-246 King Street
London
W6 0RF


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