Forest Opera, Sopot
This year, the Opening Concert is going to be a real treat for the admirers of the opera genre, and the Forest Opera – Sopot’s open-air amphitheatre – will host an exceptional star. That very evening, the most prominent Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak, alongside the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Sopot conducted by Maestro Wojciech Rajski, will enchant the audience with the interpretation of the most beautiful arias right from the oeuvres of Donizetti, Puccini and Bizet. The diva regularly performs in the greatest opera houses all around the world, with Metropolitan Opera House New York, the Royal Opera House, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Vienesse Theater an der Wien as well as Wiener Staatsoper being just some of them. The Opening Concert in Sopot is an unparalleled opportunity to immerse into the world of grand music, even for one evening.
Pick&Roll Terrace, Sopot
The special guest of the Friday Film Music Concert is widely acclaimed and admired for his work. He records albums for the world’s most important labels, with Sony Classical, Decca and Varèse Sarabande posing as their epitomes. It is our great pleasure to announce that Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, author of music to more than 50 feature films, documentaries and theatre plays, who was rewarded with the highly coveted Oscar for “Finding Neverland” (dir. Mark Forster) back in 2005, will honour us with his visit. The pieces he composed for the Hollywood productions earned him BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations, while American National Board of Review acknowledged his work by granting him the best composer title. Thus, the Film Music Concert will serve not only as a unique opportunity to experience the pieces from the most wonderful Hollywood productions, but also very much a chance to establish direct interaction with world-class exquisiteness.
St. George's Church, Sopot
The Music of the Baroque Concert is not aimed solely at connoisseurs of music defining that era, but at virtually anyone intent on broadening their musically-resonant horizons. The magnificent musicians of La Stagione Frankfurt, led by remarkable Maestro Michael Schneider, are going to help the audience immerse itself into bursting with mystery, musical world of baroque. This extraordinary journey under the banner of “Zauber der Flöte” (“Magic Flute”) will unravel the fascinating secrets of the compositions, which originated nearly three centuries ago. It is also a rare opportunity to listen to sounds of instruments typical of early music, and first and foremostly a chance to experience potentially surprising and somewhat forgotten music.
St. George's Church, Sopot
"The Four Seasons" are some of the most famous themes in the history of music, compositions recognizable so easily, that all it takes to identify them is the very first set of sounds. Under the banner of “Vivaldi contra Piazzolla” an exceptional outdoor concert will take place, with the sound of the sea and sun-warmed August beach laying the groundwork for the spectactle of live music emotions. The audience will get a unique opportunity to confront two cycles of “Four Seasons” thanks to interpretation of two magnificent, if extremely different composers, the Italian Antonio Vivaldi and Argentinian virtuoso of tango, one of a kind Astora Piazzolli. The cycle of the Argentinian composer is 250 years younger than the piece of work by the Italian master, and what is interesting, is the fact that a keen ear will effortlessly spot a lot of analogies to the oeuvre of the Italian.