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MET production again in Polish cinemas

The Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD returns to cinemas on April 20 with the screening of Puccini’s ”La Rondine” (”The Swallow”). The three-act opera, written in 1917, premiered on the New York stage on March 10, 1928. For 96 years, it has only been performed a total of 33 times at the Met where it was last shown in 2013. The live broadcast will be a rare opportunity to see one of Puccini’s lesser-known works with a sterling cast

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Polish artists working at Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich

The Munich Opera has continuously collaborated with Polish artists for many years. Krzysztof Warlikowski directs Janáček’s “Káťa Kabanová”. This year in August, the Salzburg Festival will host the premiere of Mieczysław Weinberg’s “The Idiot” directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski. The musical director of the show is Lithuanian conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. The cast features Jerzy Butryn.

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Shakespeare’s Roman tragedies by Luk Perceval

ROM stands for Rome and is a free adaptation/compilation of Shakespeare’s Roman tragedies – including Titus Andronicus, Coriolanus, Julius Caesar and Antony & Cleopatra. Plays renowned for their exploration of power and betrayal, set against the backdrop of the fall of the Roman Empire.Premiere on 20 April at Volkstheater Vienna.

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660 artists from 37 countries at the Ruhrtriennale 2024

The Ruhrtriennale 2024 is to be a festival for everyone! To this end, artistic director Ivo Van Hove has put together a varied and diverse programme – from rock and pop music theatre with music by PJ Harvey to an immersive music theatre installation with Chorwerk Ruhr and a slapstick operetta musical by Herbert Fritsch and Herbert Grönemeyer. Find the entire programme now online at www.ruhrtriennale.de

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Siegfried in Bern

On 14 April, the Bern Opera (Bühnen Bern) will stage the premiere of"Siegfried" ("Siegfried") directed by Ewelina Marciniak - the third part of the of Richard Wagner's "Ring of the Nibelung" tetralogy.

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Spectacles by Górnicka and Warlikowski in Avignion

Audiences at the continent's most important theatre festival will see in July "Elizabeth Costello" from the New Theater and "Mothers. A Song for a Time of War" by the Women's Chorus, among others, about the war in Ukraine. Nine shows will be seen by 18,000 viewers.

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A story of wooden boy

The growing interest in Weinberg, a fascinating composer tapping into Polish, Jewish, and Russian culture, means that his music, which up until recently was mainly confined to recordings and philharmonic concerts, is making its way into theatre programmes. While his operatic pieces have already gained considerable recognition (a good point in case is the memorable Passenger shown on our stage for a few seasons), now the time has come to shine a light on Weinberg’s ballet, The Golden Key.

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"Coppélia" by Léo Delibes - ballet premiere at the Baltic Opera

Léo Delibes' Coppélia is another classical ballet offering from the Baltic Opera. Johan Kobborg, an internationally acclaimed and award-winning Danish choreographer, was invited to collaborate on this production. The Baltic Opera orchestra will be conducted by Luis Gorelik, and the scenery and costumes are prepared by Hanna Wójcikowska-Szymczak. The premiere will take place on Saturday, April 6.

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Puppet theatre on UNESCO list?

Authorities in the Belgian capital, Brussels, have applied to inscribe its two traditions - the puppet theater and the flower carpet - on UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list. A decision on the matter could come in December 2025.