The Haunted Manor

Stanisław Moniuszko


13 December 2015


2 h 45'


Sienkiewicz, Matejko, Moniuszko – these are are the three bards at this point in time. Krasiński and Słowacki do not seem to govern the souls anymore. Perhaps Mickiewicz needs to be recognized as well with his unquestionable authority owned to a fact we were all brought up to worship „Pan Tadeusz”. Nevertheless nostalgia of Sarmatia and dreams of the power are still essential for fuelling our national pride. Even Wyspiański or Gombrowicz have not been able to change that. Nor could the luminaries of the Polish People’s Republic. We love our gentry’s traditions, valour, honour, courage and Miecznik when he is listing this code of virtues to Damazy as a necessary conditions to have in order to marry his daughter. I have witnessed more than once how the audience reacted with outrage when a director sneered at this character and staged his aria ambiguously.

However, a dispute with Sarmatia is a basic driving force behind our culture. Almost every Polish artist feels obligated to participate in this discussion. Almost every Polish spectator vividly observes these disputes. Even the generations that seem cosmopolitan and for which our national virtues belong to a junk room in the primary school long in fact for a journey into the past that would enable them to discover their roots. Let’s play it then again here and now with the conviction that this heroic poetry we were brought up upon has its own substantial price that will have to be unexpectedly paid.

Marek Weiss 


libretto Jan Chęciński
music directionTadeusz Kozłowski
staging and directionMarek Weiss
set designHanna Szymczak
choreographyEmil Wesołowski
lightsPiotr Miszkiewicz
Chorus MasterAnna Michalak
music director's assistantsJakub Kontz, Szymon Morus
director's assistantsMagdalena Szlawska,
Krzysztof Rzeszutek
set designers assistantMonika Ostrowska




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