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

Nora Gubisch

The artist has performed under the batons of such outstanding conductors as Sir Colin Davis, Myung-Whun Chung, James Conlon, Christoph Eschenbach, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Armin Jordan, Lorin Maazel, Jun Märkl, Kent Nagano, Georges Pretre, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and with orchestras including New York Philharmonic, Wiener Philharmoniker, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Bamberger Symphoniker, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France and Orchestre National de Lyon.

This season, Nora Gubisch opens the season of the Warsaw Philharmonic under Andrzej Boreyko’s baton with Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, and will sing the role of Anne Boleyn in Camille Saint-Saëns’ Henry VIII at Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. Recent highlights include returning to Wiener Symphoniker under Alain Altinoglu at the Musikverein, and debut appearances with SWR Symphonieorchester and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.

Having made her Wiener Staatsoper debut as Waltraute in Richard Wagner’s Götterdämmerung, she recently sang Brangäne in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. Further recent opera highlights include Charlotte in Jules Massenet’s Werther at the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Amneris in Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida at La Monnaie, and Hedwige in Gioacchino Rossini’s Guillaume Tell at Les Chorégies d’Orange festival.

In recital, Nora Gubisch regularly collaborates with internationally acclaimed conductor Alain Altinoglu, and the duo regularly perform throughout Europe. For the Naive label they have recorded two critically acclaimed CDs of Maurice Ravel Mélodies and Folk Songs (with songs by Luciano Berio and Manuel de Falla, among others). For Cascavelle they have recorded a disc of Henri Duparc’s Mélodies. Her discography further includes Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time with Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden under Colin Davis, Pascal Dusapin’s Perela, uomo di fumo with the Opéra National de Montpellier, Jacques Offenbach’s Rheinnixen, Engelbert Humperdinck’s Königskinder, Zoltán Kodály’s suite from the opera Háry János, Thierry Lancino’s Requiem, and Thierry Escaich’s Les nuits hallucinées.