Carmina Burana


DIRECTION, TEXT ADAPTATION, DRAMATURGY OF MUSIC: Włodzimierz Staniewski COSTUMES: Rena Targońska, by concept Włodzimierz Staniewski PREMIERE CAST: Grzegorz Bral, Catherine Corrigan, Mariusz Gołaj, Stanisław Kral, Elżbieta Podleśna, Dorota Porowska, Emma Rice, Tomasz Rodowicz, Jacquline. P. Thomas, Anna Zubrzycka

“Carmina Burana (1990) is a specific monograph on love not showing its emergence and vicissitudes in a linear way, but presenting all of its phases at once. On the musical level the piece is at the same time a call for the music of the Middle Ages. Many musicologists claim that medieval music extended throughout Europe and was partially preserved in many local traditions. In CARMINA BURANA therefore – besides the reconstruction of the melodies from the 13th century code – there were also religious hymns and many folk songs originating in various cultures. Staniewski also included musical phrases from the cantata of Carl Orff. He fused the selected songs with the myth of Tristan and Isolde and he introduced the figure of Merlin and his earthly lover Vivian, belonging also to the sphere of Celtic tales”

Anna was awarded National Critics award for best female role for her role of Isolde