Lada’s future engagements include Rossini’s Sigismondo for Capella Cracoviensis and Opera Rara Festival, as well as Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Berio’s Sinfonia for Opera Ballet Vlaanderen and Klara Festival in Brussels. Polish National Opera – Teatr Wielki commissioned Lada with a new libretto for the opera Moniuszko à Paris (premiere in September 2019 during the Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music as a part of the Year of Stanisław Moniuszko, later to be presented as well at La Monnaie in Brussels). His immersive opera Unknown, I Live With You will be showcased among others during the Rotterdam Opera Days in May 2019, at the Opera Rara Festival in Cracow (Poland) in January/February 2020 and at Kurt Weill Fest 2020 in Dessau. Read more about each of the projects below.
Opera Rara Festival (Krakow, Poland)
Gioachino Rossini “Sigismondo”
Through the process of developing this staging of Rossini’s rarely performed opera I’m seeking to understand the origins, contours and impact of the present-day fear of otherness. By zooming in on the violent confrontations that Rossini depicts in his composition and libretto – between a Polish community and the unsettling strangers at and inside their gates – I would like this work to speak to the current socio-political situation and fear-inducing political campaigns of our times. Sigismondo is a Rossinian exotic-fantasy about the country that once was Poland – historical facts meet here myths and stereotypes. Staging this piece in my homeland on one of the most iconic theater stages makes me feel humble and inspired at the same time. This new production will be presented by the most audacious opera festival in Poland – Opera Rara.
Premiere: 23 January 2020(Juliusz Słowacki Theatre) | Performances: 26, 28, 30 January 2020 | Artistic team: Krystian Lada (concept & stage direction), Natalia Kitamikado (set & costumes design), Maarten Warmerdam (light design), Jan Tomasz Adamus (music direction) with Capella Cracoviensis | Tickets & Info here (as from November 2019)