Rinaldo of Dreams at the Polish Royal Opera [RECENZJA] – Warsaw and Mazovia – the latest news in RDC
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“Lascia ch’io pianga …” – Almirena’s aria from Act II of Jerzy Fryderyk Handel’s opera “Rinaldo” is a moment that the audience has always been waiting for. A brilliant staging of this work at the Polish Royal Opera, that the spectators gathered in the beautiful Stanisław Theater, including me, forgot to wait for this vocal – vocal moment.
From the very first minutes of the staging, it aroused interest for the first color, slightly vocal perfection and the first showcase of lights developed by Jacqueline Sobiszewski.
Jarosław Kilian, a director who thinks with images, together with the excellent set designer and costume designer Dorota Kołodyńska, conjured up an extraordinary stage space. On the one hand, it is close to the aesthetics of the era in which it takes place, and on the other, subtly the action. Removing entries and visual security features of the show’s side, which lasted from the first minute to the end, does not interfere with the musical and vocal perception of the opera.
The singers reached the absolute heights of their craftsmanship. Perfect vocally, Anna Radziejewska created in the title role multi-dimensional, but credible. She is not only an excellent vocal artist, but also a great acting artist. Its phenomenal technique works well in the repertoire of various eras. Quite her, recent, sensational role in Benjamin Britten’s “The Rape of Lucretia in the POK.”
This is with Olga Pasiecznik, who in the seductive role of Almirena Rinalda’s fiancée, showed not only her great vocal talent, but also a subtle, feminine femininity. He took care of the company’s record, which established not only a rousing interpretation of the speech and already “Lascia was the piano … but the role for which he applied brilliantly.
The Witch Armida played and sung by Marta Boberska in the setting as not a witch, but a sorceress who, despite her rapacity, cannot be disliked. Once again, this artist showed that she is in the vocal lead of the Polish Royal Opera.
The leader of the Crusaders was played by the perfect – as always – countertenor Jan Jakub Monowid, whose crystalline voice transported us in the style of a baroque opera. This artist, like no one, blends with the interior of the phenomenal Stanisławowski Theater and makes himself in such a place in the surroundings. Also excellent was Jakub Foltak, who played his brother, who drew attention to the annual Ady Sari, starting the auditions.
Not the director himself, Andrzej Klimczak, who showed – what was not current – that the head of the opera theater can be perfect. The demonic figure of Argante, king of Jerusalem, created by him, was multicolored not only with a motivating characterization, but also with vocal and acting possibilities. I have long waited for this outstanding singer to return to the stage.
I am not capable of at all. Suffice it to say that the performance had no weaknesses. To reunite one of the best productions of “Rinald” (and more) that I have seen. An interesting fact is that the performance from 20 years ago, staged at the Warsaw Chamber Opera by Ryszard Peryt, was completely different, although with access to soloists, whom we can now freely at the Polish Royal Opera. They are like wine – getting better with time!
The performance from before the two was also conducted and learned by Władysław Kłosiewicz, although – if I remember correctly – it had completely different instruments. Yesterday, Capella Regia Polona rose to the occasion and played the soloist in a stylish, brilliant way.
At the end, the stage movement and another point for the choreography – a subtle, but very suggestive, beginning and performance that binds together the dance novelty. To the credit of Rui Ishihara – a Japanese dancer and choreographers who lived in Warsaw for many years and cooperated with Jarosław Kilian at the Lalka Theater.
I am very glad that the Polish Royal Opera shows that it is one of the brightest points on the opera map of Poland. Congratulations to the entire team.