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01
September 2018 | Saturday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
Foyer of the National Forum of Music
Exhibition of drawings by Eugeniusz Geppert related to the centenary of Poland regaining its independence
 
07
September 2018 | Friday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
NFM, Main Hall
King Roger
Concert version
07
September 2018 | Friday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
Church of St Andrew the Apostle
Masters of French Baroque | Środa Śląska
Free admission
08
September 2018 | Saturday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
NFM, Red Hall
Histoire du soldat
Igor Stravinsky
08
September 2018 | Saturday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
H. Wieniawski Theatre
Masters of French Baroque | Szczawno Zdrój
 
08
September 2018 | Saturday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
Basilica Minor of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary
Media vita in morte sumus | Bardo
 
08
September 2018 | Saturday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
University Church of the Blessed Name of Jesus
Spiritual Capital of Poland
 
09
September 2018 | Sunday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
Oratorium Marianum
Masters of French Baroque
 
09
September 2018 | Sunday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
Church of the Assumption
The Dream of Scipio | Bielawa
Free admission
09
September 2018 | Sunday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
Collegiate of the Holy Cross and St Bartholomew
Media vita in morte sumus / In the midst of life we are in death
 
10
September 2018 | Monday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
NFM, Black Hall
Love is(n’t) in the air | A concert of MusMA
 
10
September 2018 | Monday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
Church of Our Lady of Częstochowa
Media vita in morte sumus | Syców
Free admission
11
September 2018 | Tuesday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
Collegiate of the Holy Cross and St Bartholomew
In Paradisum
 
Last tickets: 36
12
September 2018 | Wednesday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
White Stork Synagogue
Monteverdi – Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi
 
12
September 2018 | Wednesday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
Church of the Assumption
In Paradisum | Kłodzko
 
13
September 2018 | Thursday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
NFM, Main Hall
Madame Curie
 
13
September 2018 | Thursday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
Church of St John the Baptist
Monteverdi – Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi | Krotoszyn
Free admission
13
September 2018 | Thursday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
Church of Our Lady the Queen of Poland
The Power of Ukrainian Voices | Głogów
Free admission
14
September 2018 | Friday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
NFM, Main Hall
In tempore belli / At the Time of War
 
14
September 2018 | Friday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
Church of Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist
The Power of Ukrainian Voices | Oleśnica
Free admission
15
September 2018 | Saturday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
NFM, Red Hall
The Discourse on Voluntary Servitude
 
Last tickets: 22
15
September 2018 | Saturday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
Military Academy, Royal Hall
Battaglie, follie e addii | Legnica
 
15
September 2018 | Saturday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
Church of St Stanislaus, St Dorothy and St Venceslaus
The Power of Ukrainian Voices
 
16
September 2018 | Sunday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
Oratorium Marianum
Vaghezze e ricercari – musical treasures of Wrocław University Library
 
Last tickets: 2
16
September 2018 | Sunday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
NFM, Main Hall
Verdi – Requiem
 

History

The International Festival Wratislavia Cantans in one of the most important European events in the field of classical music. It was founded in 1966 by Andrzej Markowski. The general director of the Festival is Andrzej Kosendiak, and the artistic director is Giovanni Antonini. 

Wratislavia Cantans is a feast of music, in which the main part is played by the human voice. Irrespective of the place, time and culture in which works of music were written, the voice – as the most excellent among musical instruments: fascinating and inspiring, has always occupied a special position in artists’ creativity.  That is why the International Festival Wratislavia Cantans has drawn the attention of music lovers in and outside Poland, and every year Wrocław in the first weeks of September becomes a European capital of culture – the European capital of vocal art.  The festival is strongly embedded in history, however it keeps inspiring composers to write new works, commissioned annually by the Festival.

The Festival presents the human voice in different forms and genres, and in various performance makeups – from vocal recitals, through consort performances, down to choral and oratorio music involving dozens of singers.  The festival is intended to present works in all musical styles, created in various music centres in all epochs of history. 

Wratislavia Cantans is a synonym of the highest quality in respect of performance and governance.   Concerts featuring world-famous stars of classical music every year attract thousands of music lovers to the beautiful historical interiors of Wrocław and Lower Silesia.  So far Wratislavia Cantans has invited superb soloists and conductors, and among them: Philippe Herreweghe, Andreas Scholl, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Paul McCreesh, Ton Koopman, Gustav Leonhardt, and numerous ensembles, including:  Collegium Vocale Gent, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Gabrieli Consort & Players, Il Giardino Armonico, The English Baroque Soloists.  

Wratislavia Cantans is a member of the prestigious European Festivals Association (EFA), with its seat in Ghent, Belgium.

Andrzej Kosendiak

GENERAL DIRECTOR

Director of the National Forum of Music, artist, conductor and pedagogue, Andrzej Kosendiak has earned an enviable reputation as one of the most active and committed musicians and organizers of music life in Poland. He graduated from the Department of Composition, Conducting and Music Theory of Wrocław Music Academy. In 2013 he obtained the academic degree of doctor habilitatus. For many years he taught at his Alma Mater, where in 2001-2009 he was head of the Cross-Department Early Music Studies. Since 2014 he has been Professor at the S. Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk. In 2005 he became Director of the Wrocław Philharmonic and the International Festival Wratislavia Cantans.

Giovanni Antonini

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Born in Milan, Giovanni Antonini studied at the Civica Scuola di Musica and at the Centre de Musique Ancienne in Geneva.
He is a founding member of the Baroque ensemble Il Giardino Armonico, which he has been leading since 1989. With his group he has appeared as conductor and soloist on the recorder and Baroque transverse flute in Europe, United States, Canada, South America, Australia, Japan and Malaysia.  He has performed with many prestigious artists including Cecilia Bartoli, Isabelle Faust, Viktoria Mullova, Giuliano Carmignola, Giovanni Sollima, Sol Gabetta, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Kristian Bezuidenhout.

Andrzej Markowski

FOUNDER

He was the creator and the artistic director of the festival between 1966 and 1977.  He studied composition in Trinity College of Music in London and composition and conducting at the State Higher School of Music. He was the conductor at the Poznan Philharmonic and the Silesian Philharmonic.  At the age of 35 he was offered the position of artistic director of the Cracow Philharmonic, where he introduced oratorio work never before performed in Poland, such as Monteverdi’s Il Vespro or Haendel’s Messiah.

The National Forum of Music, plac Wolności 1, 50-071 Wrocław, co-managed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, City of Wrocław and Lower Silesian Province, registered in Rejestr Instytucji Kultury run by the City of Wrocław as RIK 38/2014.

Patrons:

Wdrożenie e-usług w Filharmonii im. Witolda Lutosławskiego we Wrocławiu - etap 2 współfinansowany jest przez Unię Europejską ze środków Europejskiego Funduszu Rozwoju Regionalnego w ramach Regionalnego Programu Operacyjnego dla województwa dolnośląskiego na lata 2007 - 2013 oś priorytetowa 6. Wykorzystanie i promocja potencjału turystycznego o kulturalnego Dolnego Śląska (Turystyka i Kultura), działanie 6.5. Działania wspierające infrastrukturę turystyczną i kulturową.