Opening of the 2022/2023 Concert Season Filharmonia Narodowa

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Opening of the 2022/2023 Concert Season
Andrzej Boreyko, photo: Michał Zagórny

Gustav Mahler completed his Second Symphony, furnished with the subtitle ‘Resurrection’, in 1894. Three years later, he converted to Catholicism and decided to be baptised, which allowed him to become director of the Vienna Opera. Mahler’s Second Symphony constitutes a musical treatise of religion, life and death, the promise of resurrection, and a God who is not enclosed within a particular confession and to whom every human being is journeying. In this five-movement masterwork, he traces the vertical trajectory of human existence. He also provides suitable contrasts and ensures the listener of moments of respite between movements of an intense musical charge. In the monumental vocal-instrumental finale, he forges a suggestive vision of the final judgment, but that is not the work’s point of gravity. The apocalyptic melody of Dies irae gives way to the brightness of the resurrection, earlier presaged in the alto song ‘Urlicht’ (‘Pre-light’). The a cappella choir ends the work with the words ‘I shall die in order to live!’ You are invited to follow this compositional vision, which fascinates listeners irrespective of their religious worldview, by Andrzej Boreyko and the Warsaw Philharmonic ensembles in the concert inaugurating the new season.

Urszula Ciołkiewicz-Latek

The Warsaw Philharmonic Strategic Patron of the Year – PKO Bank Polski – warmly welcomes you to join us in this concert

Joanna Freszel

Joanna Freszel has held scholarships from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, the Pro Polonia Association, the International Singing Academy (ISA, 2012) and the Young Poland Programme (2014). In 2013, she received a Magna cum laude medal for the best graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, where she was awarded the title of Doctor of Art (with distinction) in 2019. She also graduated from the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, where she studied environmental protection.

In 2016, she received the Orphée d’Or de l’Académie du Disque Lyrique prize awarded for the most outstanding performance of a piece of contemporary music for her first ever album real life song (DUX), which was also nominated for a 2016 Fryderyk award in two categories, as well as being honoured with the Passport Award of the Polityka weekly the following year. She has performed Aleksander Nowak’s stage piece Drach. Dramma per musica, which won the Coryphaeus of Polish Music Award in 2020, while an album featuring the opera Ahat-ilī – Sister of Gods by the same composer, in which she appeared in the role of Inanna, garnered a Fryderyk in 2021.

She has recorded music for films and radio dramas. Her album Śpiewnik polski (featuring songs from the 20th and 21st centuries), recorded with the pianist Łukasz Chrzęszczyk, was released in 2020, while Akwarelle (with Grażyna Bacewicz’s complete songs and recorded with the pianist Bartłomiej Kominek) was released the following year.

The artist is the laureate of several other prizes, including in the following competitions: Halina Halska-Fijałkowska in Wrocław, Karol Szymanowski in Katowice, Jan, Edward and Józefina Reszko in Częstochowa, the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna, and the J:opera Voice Competition in Frankfurt (ISA, 2012). She was also a finalist of the “Giovan Battista Viotti” International Music Competition in Vercelli.

She has been invited to perform at numerous festivals in both her native Poland (Prawykonania in Katowice, Warsaw Autumn, Sacrum Profanum in Kraków, Musica Polonica Nova in Wrocław) and abroad (Aix-en-Provence, Contrechamps in Geneva, Melos-Etos in Bratislava). She has also collaborated with the Estonian National Opera in Tallin, the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera in Warsaw, and the Grand Theatre in Poznań.

Her repertoire of operatic roles includes Musetta in La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini, Vénus and Phrygienne in Dardanus by Jean-Philippe Rameau, Fiordiligi in Cosí fan tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Marguerite in Faust by Charles Gounod, Machine in Nici [Threads] by Krzysztof Wołek, Susanna in Figaro Gets a Divorce by Elena Langer, Psyche in Eros and Psyche by Ludomir Różycki, Ellenai in Anhelli by Dariusz Przybylski, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia by Gioacchino Rossini, and Hanna in The Haunted Manor by Stanisław Moniuszko.