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44th Oratorio and Cantata Music Interpretation Course

Wrocław, 29 August – 8 September 2019

The Oratorio and Cantata Music Interpretation Course held in Wrocław is an event with a long and glorious tradition. It has taken place annually during the International Festival Wratislavia Cantans, since 1976, established by Prof Eugeniusz Sąsiadek.
The concern of the organizers of the course is to create opportunities for music university students and advanced II-degree music school students to develop their interests and hone their skills in combining the performance practice of vocal and instrumental music with the development of historical research, giving a more comprehensive knowledge of the informed reading of the scores.

The course is open to young vocalists of varying degrees of advancement: graduates and students of universities of music in Poland and abroad as well as adult students of II-degree music schools.

Selected young artists will have the opportunity to perform solo parts in Tolomeo e Alessandro y Domenico Scarlatti with the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra conducted by Jarosław Thiel during one or several concerts held as part of the 54th Wratislavia Cantans International Festival in Wrocław and other cities in Lower Silesia.

Renowned singing teachers and performing artists will work with students during the course: Olga Pasiecznik, Prof Piotr Łykowski, Dr hab Ewa Marciniec.

Classes with teachers will start on 29 August 2019, and the beginning of rehearsals with the orchestra has been scheduled for 3 September 2019.

Course schedule:
•    12 June 2019 – applications open
•    22 July 2019 – applications end
•    26 July 2019 – announcement of the list of people qualified to participate in the Course
•    29 August 2019 – the Course begins
•    6 September 2019 - concert of the participants of the Course with the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra in Szczawno-Zdrój
•    7 September 2019 - concert of the participants of the course with the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra in the National Forum of Music
•    8 September 2019 - concert of participants of the course with the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra in Legnica

If you are interested in taking part in the course, please fill in the application form on the NFM website and attach the required video recording.

Video recordings should include the performance of any Baroque aria and the aria chosen by the participant from the opera Tolomeo e Alessandro by Domenico Scarlatti, included in the list announced by the Organizer.
Classes will take place in the building of the Academy of Music at pl. Jana Pawła II 2 and at the National Forum of Music at pl. Wolności 1 in Wrocław.

The Organizer provides accommodation and meals throughout the course.

The cost of participation in the course is 60 euros or 250 zlotys.


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Tolemeo e Alessandro on Spotify


Piotr Łykowski

Piotr Łykowski was a chorister of the Poznań Nightingales Choir of Stefan Stuligrosz from 1970 to 1988. In 1989 he graduated with distinction from the Vocal Department of Wrocław Academy of Music, where he studied in Eugeniusz Sąsiadek’s class. At the 3rd Ada Sari Vocal Competition in Nowy Sącz (1988) he won the 1st prize and three special awards (including an award for virtuosity). He has mastered his skills during interpretation workshops and master classes in Poland and abroad. In accordance with his voice scale (countertenor) he specializes in baroque music, mainly oratorios and cantatas (over hundred parts). He has collaborated with many soloists and early music ensembles, chamber orchestras and philharmonics. Piotr Łykowski is also sought after as an opera singer. He has participated, among others, in the Polish premieres of Monteverdi operas: L’Orfeo, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, L’Incoronazione di Poppea, the premiere productions of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Paradise Lost, Zygmunt Krauze’s Iwona, Księżniczka Burgunda, Philip Glass’s Ikhnaton and Igor Stravinsky’s Flood as well as the musical Sweeney Todd.

He has recorded for radio, television and on disc (Handel’s Messiah, Peri’s Euridice, Bononcini’s Stabat Mater). He has world premiered Zbigniew Preisner’s music for De Aegypto and Requiem for My Friend. Piotr Łykowski is a professor of singing at the Wrocław Academy of Music and the Secondary Music School in Wrocław. He has been invited as speaker and teacher by interpretation workshops as well as adjudicating at national and international vocal competitions. For over ten years he has led the Oratorio and Cantata Music Interpretation Course in Wrocław. He is one of the founders and director of the International Andrzej Hiolski Vocal Competition in Kudowa-Zdrój. In September 2012 he was elected President of the Polish Association of Singing Teachers.

Olga Pasichnyk

Olga Pasichnyk made her debut at the Warsaw Chamber Opera, and four years later at the Thêatre des Champs-Elyscees in Paris. She has sung over forty roles on prestigious opera stages of the world, including Opéra Bastille, Palais Garnier, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Théâtre Châtelet, Komische Oper Berlin, Teatro Real, (Madrid), Bayerische Staatsoper, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (Brussels), Theater an der Wien, Bregenzer Festspiele, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Finnish National Opera, Flemish Opera, and Grand Theatre National Opera. These roles have brought her a great appreciation of the critics and the public. She also performs in chamber repertoire and in recitals, oratorio and symphonic concerts in almost all European countries, the United States, Canada, China, Japan and Australia in such venues as Salle Pleyel, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Berliner Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonic, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Auditorio Nacional de Música, Münchner Philharmonie, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Tokyo Suntory Hall, Lincoln Center NYC.

She has collaborated with the most distinguished orchestras including Boston Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Symphoniker, Orchestre National de France, Belgian National Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Nacional de España, Orchestra of the 18th Century, The English Concert, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Freiburger Barockorchester under the baton of I. Bolton, F. Brüggen, J.-C. Casadesus, R. Jacobs, D. Jurowski, R. Goodman, C. Hogwood, H. Holliger, Ph. D. Herreweghe, K. Kord, J. Maksymiuk, J.-C. Malgoire, M. Minkowski, K. Ono, A. Parrott, K. Penderecki, T. Pinnock, M. Viotti, A. Wit. She is a prize-winner of international s'Hertogenbosch vocal competition in the Netherlands, the Mirjam Helin in Helsinki and the Queen Elizabeth in Brussels. She was also honored in Poland - with the Passport of the Polityka weekly (1997), the Polish Phonographic Award Fryderyk for the best solo recordings (1997, 2004, 2018), the Orpheus Award at the Warsaw Autumn Festival (1999), the Gold Cross of Merit (2001) and the A. Hiolski Award (2004) for the best femaleopera role. In 2005 and 2010, she was nominated by the international opera magazine "Opernwelt" for the title of "Best Singer of the Artistic Season". In 2011, Olga Pasichnyk received the annual Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, and in 2012 she was awarded the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland. She more than 50 CDs and DVDs in her catalogue, recorded, among others, for CD Accord, Dabringhaus und Grimm, Harmonia Mundi, Naxos and Opus 111.

Ewa Marciniec

A graduate of two faculties of the Academy of Music in Gdańsk: Composition and Theory of Music and Vocal-Acting Department in the class of Zofia Janukowicz-Pobłocka (both diplomas with honours). She continued her vocal studies during post-graduate studies at the Musikhochschule und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart in the class of Luisa Bosabalian (diploma with honours). She also took part in master classes conducted by Carlo Bergonzi, Paul Esswood, Helmuth Rilling, and Adele Stolte.
Ewa Marciniec is a prize-winner of prestigious vocal competitions, including Performances of the Polish Artistic Song in Warsaw (first prize and two special awards, including from Krystyna Szostek-Radkowa ‘for the best performance of artistic songs and for the most beautiful voice’), Ada Sari Competition in Nowy Sącz (distinctions), IVC `s-Hertogenbosch (final), ARD in Munich (final). The circle of interests of Ewa Marciniec includes early music (including St John and St Matthew Passions by J. S. Bach, The Messiah and Alcina by Handel, Griselda by Vivaldi), Romantic (Das Lied von der Erde, Kindertotenlieder by Mahler, Alt-Rhapsodie by Brahms) and contemporary music (Missa pro pace, Te Deum by Kilar).

She performs at the most important concert halls in Europe and the United States, such as Berliner Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin, Congresshalle Saarbrücken, Palais des Beaux-Arts (Brussels), philharmonic halls in Liège and Strasbourg, Santiago de Compostela, Kongresshaus Zürich, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, concert stages in Denmark, the Netherlands, France, the Vatican and Israel, as well as in Poland: Warsaw Philharmonic, Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio, new NOSPR venue, National Forum of Music, and others.
Ewa Marciniec sings at Italian opera houses (Rome, Bologna, Udine), in Germany (Frankfurt, Wiesbaden, Oldenburg), Austria (Linz), the USA (Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts) and Poland (Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera, Baltic Opera). She guest appears at numerous festivals in Poland and abroad: Wratislavia Cantans (Wrocław), Europalia (Brussels), Kulturfestival (Bornholm), Bard SummerScape (Annandale-on-Hudson), Musica Sacra (Nürnberg), Mozartiana (Gdańsk), Music on the Hights (Zakopane).
The ‘…dark and warm alto voice’ of Ewa Marciniec can be heard on the archival recordings of Polish Radio, as well as on CDs (including Messa di Gloria by Rossini, The Messiah in Mozart’s version, Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass, Symphonies Nos. 3 & 8 by Mahler, Credo, Seven Gates of Jerusalem, A sea of dreams did breathe on me… – songs of reflection and nostalgia by Penderecki, Demeter and Stabat Mater by Szymanowski). Ewa Marciniec is a professor at the Music Academy in Gdańsk, where she conducts a solo singing class. She was honoured by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage with the Bronze Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis.

Concerts of the participants of the Course with the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra

September 2019 | Friday
Wratislavia Cantans – Lower Silesia
Henryk Wieniawski Theatre
Domenico Scarlatti – Tolemeo e Alessandro
September 2019 | Saturday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
NFM, Red Hall
Domenico Scarlatti – Tolemeo e Alessandro
September 2019 | Sunday
Wratislavia Cantans – Lower Silesia
Military Academy, Royal Hall
Domenico Scarlatti – Tolemeo e Alessandro


Justyna Banaś
Justyna Banaś
Asystentka w dziale programowo-organizacyjnym
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