Concert version

Stanisław Moniuszko

09 Nov, 23 - 11 Nov, 23

Orchestra conductor: Łukasz Borowicz | Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real

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A Polish romantic opera which, together with the figure and production of Chopin, is one of the milestones in the country's musical history and which comes to the Real with the voice of the Polish Piotr Beczala. Considered a national treasure, its sung melodies are rooted in Polish tradition. Every time this opera is performed in Poland, it takes on the tinge of a national event.  

The artistic quality and its great structure create an agile dramatic pulse within its four acts, which helps to relate its musical elements to the character of Halka.

The national Polish opera without rival will raise eyebrows for the quality of its dramatic and musical language, indispensable characteristics to successfully describe the universal theme— a mother’s rejection of her illegitimate children — which is familiar to us, in all its crudity, in the myth of Medea. Moniuszko, however, approached this rawness more than half a century before the realistic and compassionate universe of Jenufa.  

A” national” opera — although not “nationalist” in the broad sense of the term—, Halka occupies a seminal place in its country as did Der Freischütz in Germany, A Life for the Tsar in Russia, Hunyadi László in Hungary, or The Bartered Bride in the Czech Republic. Composed at the time Poland was under Russian control, Moniuszko gained fame as the musical hero — with the permission of Chopin— of an oppressed land. Its protagonist, the peasant girl Halka, acquires a tragic status as she identifies explicitly with the Polish people, by way of the folkloric inflections of her part. With the touching image of her fragile persona by the librettist and composer, this is an essential work of Central European Romanticism.   

Opera in four acts

Music by Stanisław Moniuszko (1819-1872)

Libretto by Włodzimierz Wolski, based on a tale by Kasimierz Wójcicki

Premiere at Teatr Wielki in Warsaw on 1 January 1858

Premiere at the Teatro Real

Concert version

Artistic Team

Orchestra conductor: Łukasz Borowicz

Chorus master: José Luis Basso


Stolnik: Maxim Kuzmin-Karavaev

Dziemba: Tomasz Kumiega

Janusz: Tomasz Konieczny

Zofia: Olga Syniakova

Halka: Corinne Winters

Jontek: Piotr Beczała

Bagpiper: Javier Povedano

Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real



Synopsis of Halka

Una ópera que nos lleva a la campiña polaca, donde un noble empobrecido, Janusz, rompe su relación con la joven Halka, que espera un hijo suyo, por la oportunidad que le surge de casarse con alguien más adinerado. Janusz se promete con la hija del mayordomo del rey, decide repudiar a Halka y mandarla de regreso a su pueblo natal. 

Jontek, un joven montañés que ama a la joven trata de conquistar a su amor, pero Halka está obsesionada con Janusz y cuando se entera del matrimonio de éste, decide suicidarse arrojándose al rio mientras los siervos del pueblo cantan de forma agresiva, dando a entender que puede que se produzca una rebelión del pueblo contra injusticias como la de Halka.   


Halka, de Stanisław Moniuszko

Programa de mano

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09 November 2023


Main Auditorium

Maxim Kuzmin-Karavaev, Tomasz Kumiega, Olga Syniakova, Corinne Winters, Piotr Beczala, Javier Povedano
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11 November 2023


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Maxim Kuzmin-Karavaev, Tomasz Kumiega, Olga Syniakova, Corinne Winters, Piotr Beczala, Javier Povedano
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