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New Year's Eve Concert
Event type: Special concert, Symphonic, choral, large-scale vocal-instrumental
Hall: Concert Hall
Price: 120, 160, 200, 250, 270 zł

In the 19th century the famous Opéra-Comique in Paris was the venue not only for comedy premieres, but also for first performances of works considered as inappropriate for the main, conservative Paris Opera, which staged its productions in the Salle Le Peletier, later - in Palais Garnier. It was in the Opéra-Comique that Berlioz first presented his La damnation de Faust (1846), and on 3rd March 1875 the Opéra-Comique also premiered Georges Bizet’s Carmen. It is hard to believe that this now greatly admired opera then proved a complete failure, meeting (at best) with the indifference of the audience and the scorn of most critics. Trials and tribulations undermined the composer’s delicate health, and he died three months after the premiere. In was only many years later that Carmen triumphantly returned to Paris after winning huge public acclaim in Vienna, London, New York and Milan – mostly in the much revised version by Ernest Guiraud, who among others replaced spoken dialogues with recitatives. The story of great passions in plebeian Seville was an ideal context for a stylisation of the ardent folk music of Iberia, and with this work Bizet initiated the great fashion for Spanish folklore in European music. Carmen revolutionised the whole genre, and became one of the most recognisable, universally admired icons of the opera.


You are invited to this concert by PGE Group – Warsaw Philharmonic Patron of the Year

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