Premiere of Magic Mountain

The opera Czarodziejska Góra [The Magic Mountain] was given its world premiere on June 26, 2015 at the Malta Festival in Poznań, Poland. This opera is a joint work of four creators: composer Paweł Mykietyn, director and actor Andrzej Chyra, playwright Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk and visual artist Mirosław Bałka. The libretto is based on the famous novel by Thomas Mann, describing the intellectual, emotional and spiritual maturation of Hans Castrop in a sanatorium in Davos. In this interpretation, Czarodziejska Góra becomes a cruel story of love, betrayal, revenge and death.

The opera was performed by the following all-star cast of soloists:

  • American: Agata Zubel
  • Behrens: Łukasz Konieczny
  • Joachim: Szymon Maliszewski
  • Hans: Szymon Komasa
  • Clavdia: Barbara Majewska
  • Krokowski: Juan Noval Moro
  • Naphta: Urszula Kryger
  • Mrs Stöhr: Jadwiga Rappe
  • Peeperkorn: Marcin Habela
  • Settembrini: Karol Kozłowski
  • choir/Elly Brand: Anna Gadt
  • choir/Marusia: Agnieszka Kniepuszewska
  • choir/Wehsal: Michał Dembiński
  • choir: Iwona Kmiecik, Jacek Kotlarski, Marcin Wawrzynowicz

Czarodziejska Góra was a co-production of the Malta Festival Poznań, Baltic Opera in Gdańsk, Kraków Festival Office and Polskie Radio Program II.

[Sources: facebook.com, malta-festival.pl]