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Scene from Czajkowski's Merchant of Venice directed by Keith Warner, 2016, photo: Johan Persson / Welsh National Opera

As the UK tour of Andrzej Czajowski’s Merchant of Venice comes to a magnificent close, Culture.pl’s Filip Lech speaks to the opera’s director Keith Warner. The opera veteran, who has produced over 100 operas in 20 countries, talks about interpreting Shakespeare’s work using musical language and how Czajkowski’s life influenced his opera.

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Scene from Andrzej Czajkowski's Merchant of Venice directed by Keith Warner, photo: Krzysztof Bieliński

Andrzej Czajkowski's opera will be staged in six British opera theatres, with the tour ending at the Royal Opera House in London. The Merchant of Venice is a co-production of the Bregenz Festival, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Polska Music Programme as well as the Grand Theatre National Opera in Warsaw.

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Czajkowski's Merchant of Venice directed by Keith Warner – Image Gallery

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Andrzej Czajkowski

Rebel of the Keys charts the life and times of pianist, composer and ‘enfant-terrible’ Andrzej Czajkowski, mixed with a present day journey to the first performance of Andre’s opera on the international stage.

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Apollon Musagete Quartett, photo. Marco Broggreve

Chopin and Scriabin, Wieniawski and Sibelius, Tchaikovsky and Szymanowski – 300 musicians, 4 orchestras, 16 soloists, and over 30 concerts will comprise this year’s edition of the International “Chopin and His Europe” Music Festival that is to be hosted in Warsaw from 15 to 29 August, 2015.

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"The Merchant of Venice" by Andrzej Czajkowski is the year’s best premiere in the opera world, according to the International Opera Awards. The jury of the prestigious competition awarded the prize for the first performance of the piece at the festival in Bregenz, co-produced by the Warsaw National Opera and Culture.pl.

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At the end of 2013, the British music publisher Tocatta Classics released an album dedicated to Andrzej Czajkowski's music . The album was released with the support of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Program of Polska Music .

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