24th Last Night of the Proms in Cracow

Saturday, September 21, 2019, 7:00 PM

  • Saturday, September 21, 2019, 7:00 PM

Held since 1996, the popular Proms Concerts in Kraków are a favourite instalment of the early autumn events calendar. Inspired by the long-standing tradition of celebratory concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Kraków also bids farewell to summer with an all-singing music gala.

The stars of this year’s 24th  Last Night of the Proms in Cracow, held on 21 September at the Kraków Opera, are the soprano Agata Zubel and the Venezuelan trumpeter Pacho Flores. The singer presents Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs cycle and songs from Kurt Weill’s musicals, while Flores performs Astor Piazzolla’s Winter in Buenos Aires and the Polish premiere of the concerto Akbank Bunka by the contemporary Swedish composer Christian Lindberg. The programme also features traditional British songs such as Rule Britannia and Jerusalem, and closes with the national anthems of Poland and the UK.  The concert is led by Lee Reynolds conducting the Beethoven Academy Orchestra.

Agata Zubel – soprano
Pacho Flores – trumpet
Beethoven Academy Orchestra
Kraków Opera Choir
Lee Reynolds - conductor

D. Shostakovich Festive Overture
Ch. Lindberg Akban Bunka (concert for a trumpet and orchestra - Polish premiere)
L. Berio Folk Songs (for a soprano and orchestra)
S. Prokofiev Montecchi i Capuleti from Suite no. 2 Romeo and Juliet
A. Piazzolla Winter in Buenos Aires (for a trumpet and orchestra)

A. Márque - part no. 3 of Concierto de Otoño (for a trumpet and orchestra - Polish premiere)
K. Weill You Understand Me So from Love Life musical 
K. Weill One Life to Live from Lady in the Dark musical

E. Elgar Pomp and Circumstance - march no. 1 in D major
H. Wood Fantasia on British Sea - Songs
Th. Arne Rule Britannia
H. Parry (orch. Elgar) Jerusalem 

God Save the Queen 
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Kraków Opera

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During the artistic season, the Kraków Opera presents around 200 performances: world classics, operettas, and ballet and musical productions for children.

During the artistic season, the Kraków Opera presents around 200 performances enjoyed by an audience of nearly 70,000. Its repertoire includes world classics (Carmen, Tosca, la Boheme), operettas (The Gypsy Baron, Die Fledermaus), and ballet and musical productions for children. Polish artists of world renown, notably Małgorzata Walewska, Mariusz Kwiecień, Andrzej Dobber, Wojtek Śmiłek, and Łukasz Borowicz, enjoy working with the Kraków Opera. The popularity of opera productions in Kraków makes it necessary to book tickets long in  advance. The artistic season of the Kraków opera ends on a powerful forte: a summer festival presenting musical productions amid the extraordinary scenery of Wawel Castle courtyard.

Guest performances by theatres and concerts can also be seen on the hospitable stage of the Kraków Opera.

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