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    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Legenda Bałtyku (Legend of the Baltic) by Feliks Nowowiejski

    Interesting Polish opera currently on OperaVision. I’ll synopsize this one a bit, because it hasn’t been performed or recorded since its 1924 premiere, and there’s precious little info in English on the internet about it. Doman and Bogna love each other, but Doman is just a poor fisherman so her father wants her to marry the town mustache-twirling villain. Opera dads… The only way he’ll allow Doman to prove himself worthy is to retrieve a mythical crown in a sunken city from Polish mythology.

    In Act 2, Doman instantly gets himself shipwrecked, but a god takes pity on him and gives him power to complete his quest. I imagine the most important power is simply the ability to breathe underwater, because this whole act takes place underwater and is entirely a ballet with no singing except for a choral finale! It’s a brilliant stroke for this opera. And I don’t usually care for ballet interludes in opera, but here it adds an unexpected touch of realism to the underwater realm: there’s no speech and every one is moving very fluidly. (Although it does require a 2nd performer for Doman. With, let’s be honest, a different physique. But the director (and choreographer) of this production cleverly introduces the ballet Doman in Act I.)

    Legenda Bałtyku plays, as you might expect, like something in between Germanic and Russian opera. The orchestra writing is like early Wagner with forays into Polish dance. The plot is steeped in national mythology and it’s a “number” opera. There are very nice arias and duets – the Act I tenor aria has remained in Polish tenors’ repertoire – and the choral writing is particularly memorable. Nowowiejski is apparently most well-known for his choir writing.

    It’s very conservative for 1924 – it sounds like it could have been written 30-40 years before – so Nowowiejski’s desire for a popular nationalist opera is clear. And entirely understandable: Poland as we know it was born just years before as a result of WWI. They hadn’t had independence for more than a century; we all remember how Chopin’s Polonaises and Mazurkas are calls for revolution, right? Well, Legenda Bałtyku is also a statement of identity; these are our myths and customs and dances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemorino View Post


    Legenda Bałtyku (Legend of the Baltic) by Feliks Nowowiejski

    Interesting Polish opera currently on OperaVision. I’ll synopsize this one a bit, because it hasn’t been performed or recorded since its 1924 premiere, and there’s precious little info in English on the internet about it. Doman and Bogna love each other, but Doman is just a poor fisherman so her father wants her to marry the town mustache-twirling villain. Opera dads… The only way he’ll allow Doman to prove himself worthy is to retrieve a mythical crown in a sunken city from Polish mythology.

    In Act 2, Doman instantly gets himself shipwrecked, but a god takes pity on him and gives him power to complete his quest. I imagine the most important power is simply the ability to breathe underwater, because this whole act takes place underwater and is entirely a ballet with no singing except for a choral finale! It’s a brilliant stroke for this opera. And I don’t usually care for ballet interludes in opera, but here it adds an unexpected touch of realism to the underwater realm: there’s no speech and every one is moving very fluidly. (Although it does require a 2nd performer for Doman. With, let’s be honest, a different physique. But the director (and choreographer) of this production cleverly introduces the ballet Doman in Act I.)

    Legenda Bałtyku plays, as you might expect, like something in between Germanic and Russian opera. The orchestra writing is like early Wagner with forays into Polish dance. The plot is steeped in national mythology and it’s a “number” opera. There are very nice arias and duets – the Act I tenor aria has remained in Polish tenors’ repertoire – and the choral writing is particularly memorable. Nowowiejski is apparently most well-known for his choir writing.

    It’s very conservative for 1924 – it sounds like it could have been written 30-40 years before – so Nowowiejski’s desire for a popular nationalist opera is clear. And entirely understandable: Poland as we know it was born just years before as a result of WWI. They hadn’t had independence for more than a century; we all remember how Chopin’s Polonaises and Mazurkas are calls for revolution, right? Well, Legenda Bałtyku is also a statement of identity; these are our myths and customs and dances.


    Thank you for the synopsis and will grab this before it disappears.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post


    Thank you for the synopsis and will grab this before it disappears.
    It's via Operavision so will be around until June 2018
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    It's via Operavision so will be around until June 2018
    I clicked that one to you tube and lookie what I found on the side, and with English subtitles:
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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