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Collaboration between Comic Opera Helsinki and Capella Cracoviensis


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A rare must-see opera performance in August!

Stanislaw Moniuszko’s opera Halka is performed for the first time in 82 years in Finland, at the Hall of Culture. The year 2018 is also the 170th anniversary year of the opera, it was first performed at the composer’s home in 1848 in Vilna. This is two-act version of the piece that is considered one of Poland’s greatest national operas.

Halka tells the story of a young woman, Halka, who is in love with a man named Janusz. Janusz still decides to marry another woman and leaves Halka for her. After this Halka notices that she is carrying Janusz’s child. From this point the plot thickens and one of the most dramatic plot twists and turns appear. The melodic music carries the story and tells heartbreakingly the details of this love-triangle. This opera rarity is a must-see!

Comic Opera Helsinki is co-producing the opera together with Capella Cracoviensis, an internationally awarded Polish period instrument orchestra from Krakow. After the performances in Helsinki the opera will be in tour in Poland. Comic Opera Helsinki continues its series of international co-productions with Halka and with this production opens a long standing project of exporting Finnish opera talents abroad in the upcoming years.

Halka will be directed by Comic Opera Helsinki’s Artistic Director Laura Åkerlund and the conductor is Jan Tomasz Adamus, who is also the Artistic Director of Capella Cracoviensis. Capella Cracoviensis is period instrument orchestra which focuses in baroque music. The orchestra is founded in 1970. In the performances the mixed-choir of Capella Cracoviensis is also performing.

Main role of Halka is performed by mezzosoprano Natalia Kawałek , who is also member to the ensemble of Theater an der Wien. Soprano Małgorzata Rodek is singing the role of Zofia, tenor Jakub Pawlik sings the role of Jontek, who is desperately in love with Halka and baritone Sebastian Szumski sings the role of Janusz, the love interest of Halka.

2018 Poland is also celebrating its 1ooth anniversary of independence.

Duration is app. 2,5h (incl. one intermission)
Performance language: Polish. Subtitles in Finnish.

Co-production of Comic Opera Helsinki (FIN) and Capella Cracoviensis (PL).