Warsaw Chamber Opera

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Theatre of the Warsaw Chamber Opera, built 1777 as first Calvinist chapel in Warsaw.

The Warsaw Chamber Opera (Polish: Warszawska Opera Kameralna, WOK) is a Polish opera company founded in 1961 Stefan Sutkowski - managing and artistic director since its inception until 2012.

In December 2012 the chief executive of Jerzy Lach, and since January 2013 the artistic director is Ruben Silva.

October 15, 1986, the Warsaw Chamber Opera moved into its own theater at Al. Solidarności 76B. The historic building, built in 1775, was formerly used by the Student Theatre Satirical STS (Polish: Studenckiego Teatru Satyryków STS), and before that it was built as the first church in Warsaw of the Polish Reformed Church. The theater building has been entered into the register of monuments of the city of Warsaw.

The repertoire of the Warsaw Chamber Opera presents a large number of diverse musical styles and forms of works: from medieval mystery plays to the operas of the early and late Baroque opera, classic eighteenth-century pantomime, opera by Rossini, Donizetti, as well as works by contemporary composers.

Warsaw Chamber Opera is known for its Mozart Festival, organized every year since 1991. Its repertoire includes all stage works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It also organizes a festival for Gioacchino Rossini and Claudio Monteverdi and the Festival of Old Polish Opera.

Although specializing in music of the past, they perform Polish contemporary works as well.

The Warsaw Chamber Opera plays works prepared specially commissioned for the theater, including works by Bernadetta Matuszczak (Prometeusz - Prometheus) and Zygmunt Krauze (Polieukt - Polyeucte).

Among the performers have been:

  • Olga Pasichnyk
  • Marta Boberska
  • Dorota Lachowicz
  • Marzanna Rudnicka
  • Agnieszka Kurowska
  • Jerzy Mahler
  • Zdzisław Kordyjalik
  • Zbigniew Dębko
  • Andrzej Klimczak
  • Leszek Świdziński
  • Tomasz Rak
  • Jarosław Bręk
  • Robert Gierlach
  • Wojciech Gierlach
  • Witold Żołądkiewicz
  • Jacek Laszczkowski
  • Tomasz Krzysica
  • Elżbieta Wróblewska
  • Justyna Stępień
  • Wojciech Parchem
  • Artur Ruciński, soloist at The Grand Theatre in Warsaw

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