Oratorio Music Concert Filharmonia Narodowa

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Oratorio Music Concert
Andrzej Boreyko, photo: Michał Zagórny

Antonín Dvořák set about composing his Stabat Mater following the crushing death of his daughter, in 1875. He resumed work in the autumn of 1877, when cruel fate had again deprived him of two more children. The composer created what is perhaps the most elaborate setting of this Marian hymn in the whole musical literature. He forged its monumental character through the highly emphatic repeats of textual phrases and slow ‘cortège’ tempi that dominate the work. This is an extremely focussed, contemplative and tender composition. The impression of homogeneity is not diminished by the fact that the composer employs a great variety of means. He shows himself to be a splendid symphonist: the orchestral part in this oratorio is particularly important and masterfully treated. The twenty strophes were set in the form of ten (unsymmetrical) sections with solo and ensemble parts, combined in various ways with choral passages. This work was first performed on 23 December 1880 in Prague (cond. Adolf Čech), and two years later a performance in Brno was led by a young Leoš Janáček. Particularly successful proved to be performances of Stabat Mater at the Royal Albert Hall in London (Dvořák’s highly successful debut as a conductor abroad) and in Birmingham in 1884.

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Piotr Buszewski

Polish tenor Piotr Buszewski is one of the rising stars in the opera world today. A 2019 Metropolitan Opera National Council Awards and Operalia finalist, this season he is heard as Chevalier de la Force in Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues des carmélites at Metropolitan Opera in New York, Prince in a new production of Antonín Dvořák’s Rusalka at Théâtre du Capitole du Toulouse, Rinuccio in Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at San Diego Opera, Fadinard in Nino Rota’s Il cappello di paglia di Firenze at Oper Graz, and Rodolfo in La boheme at Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera in Warsaw.

His future engagements include a return to Oper Leipzig (as Duke in Verdi’s Rigoletto and as Italian Singer in Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier), to Teatro Regio Torino (as Prince Leopold in Jacques Halevý’s La Juive), and to Metropolitan Opera (in the 2023/2024 artistic season). Last season, Piotr Buszewski made his debuts at Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin (as Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier), at Royal Opera House in London (as Cassio in Verdi’s Otello), as well as at the Staatsoper Hamburg (as Ismaele in Verdi’s Nabucco and as Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, among others).

Recent engagements have included Nadir in Georges Bizet’s Les pecheurs de perles at the Wrocław Opera, Duke in Rigoletto during the Wolf Trap Opera (Virginia), Tamino in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Grand Theatre in Poznań, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore at Oper Leipzig, Léandre in Charles Gounod’s Le médecin malgré lui at Odyssey Opera in Boston, Tybalt in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette at Atlanta Opera, Camille in Franz Lehár’s Die lustige Witwe at Musica Viva in Hong Kong, and Faust in Gounod’s La damnation de Faust at the Filarmonica de Stat Transilvania (Romania).

He is a graduate of the acclaimed Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia where he sang Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Prince in Rusalka, and Ferrando in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. As a young artist he performed the role of Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale at Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi at the Trentino Music Festival.

Piotr Buszewski received First Prize in the Loren L. Zachary Society National Vocal Competition (Los Angeles, 2019), three prizes (including the Audience Prize) at the 10th International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition in Warsaw, and is the laureate of the Zinka Milanov International Competition for Young Opera Singers (Rijeka, Croatia), the Marcella Sembrich International Voice Competition (New York), Hal Leonard Voice Competition (Winona, Minnesota) and the International Otto Edelmann Singing Competition in Vienna.