concert nr 11 / A TIME FOR ARIAS

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hour 21:30 (50 minutes)
day 27.09 Friday

music category Orchestral


Thomas Adès Overture from the “Powder Her Face” chamber opera
Thomas Adès Waltz from the “Powder Her Face” chamber opera
Igor Stravinsky Nonn’ erubescite, reges aria from the opera “Oedipus Rex”
Georges Bizet Entr’acte to Act 4 of the opera „Carmen”
Georges Bizet Habanera from the opera “Carmen”
Karol Szymanowski Roxana’s Song from the opera “King Roger”
Giacomo Puccini La Tregenda from the opera “Le Villi”
Giacomo Puccini Tu, que di gel sei cinta Liu’s aria from the opera “Turandot”
Léo Delibes Flower Duet from the opera “Lakmé”


The concert features dramatic arias sung by women. The arias tell stories of inner quandary, strong feelings and a harsh reality of existence of the opera heroine, that is nothing like the yearned-for ideal. Fancy Aria comes from the opera Powder her face by Thomas Ades. The work is based on the true of British duchess Margaret Campbell, whose stormy life caused a scandal and a wave of gossip in the 1960s.

The programme also includes two arias from Georges Bizet’s Carmen, including the famous Habanera, in which Carmen rejects advances made by the men who surround her. The Polish accent of the concert is Roksana’s aria Dispel King Roger’s Bloody Dreams from Karol Szymanowski’s opera King Roger. The aria is a lullaby sung by the wife of the opera’s protagonist.

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