The Night of Museums has always been an opportunity to meet audience members, talk to artists and discover operatic secrets. On 16 May 2020 Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic invites you to a virtual event.
Everyone who wants to visit the opera bulding at 1 Odeska street and learn its unique history can join an online guided tour, which will start at 6:00 p.m. An hour later on the OiFP YouTube channel, you will find a premiere broadcast of Wojciech Kilar's Missa pro pace (DUX) performed by the Choir and Orchestra of the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic conducted by Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk and soloists: Joanna Woś (soprano), Małgorzata Walewska (mezzo-soprano), Paweł Brożek (tenor) and Rafał Siwek (bass).
Missa pro pace (Mass for peace) was commissioned by Kazimierz Kord – then director of the Warsaw Philharmonic, to celebrate the centenary of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. Wojciech Kilar said in an interview in April 2001: “I tried to write the Mass as modest as possible, frugal in compositional devices, not a display of compositional virtuosity but an attempt to present my interpretation of the sacred text. In my view it is not a great pontifical mass, clad in opulent liturgical vestments but a mass celebrated in modest monastic habits, in a remote medieval monastery.”
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