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Ganna Walska in the blue garden 1958. Ganna Walska picking lemons, photo: courtesy Ganna Walska Lotusland

Polish-born Ganna Walska was an operatic singer so unsuccessful that her failure as a vocalist is near-legendary: it inspired a theme of Orson Welles' Citizen Kane and has been described in numerous books. But, after giving up on her short-lived career as a singer, she created Lotusland, a public garden considered one of the world’s most unique.

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Mariusz Kwiecień, photo: promotional materials

We cannot constantly be watching the same thing, Mariusz Kwiecień says in the wake of the premiere of King Roger at the Royal Opera House in London

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Piotr Beczała; photo by Bettina Stöß

The renowned Polish-born lyric tenor has been awarded the prestigious 2014 ECHO Klassik award.

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Okładka (nid 6855332)

The talents of Poland's operatic stars have been recognised by the opera world's answer to the Oscars, building the art form's presence...

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Okładka (nid 6763296)

Polish tenor Piotr Beczała dazzles as the Duke in Michael Mayer's snazzy update of Verdi's 16th-century opera. Hailed as the "Rat Pack Rigoletto", the production has been called "wildly entertaining, inventive, strangely funny and yet also deeply sad…" by the Wall Street Journal.

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Michael Mayer sets the 16th-century tale of Verdi's opera in 1960s Vegas, putting a new spin on the licentious Duke's lifestyle in a Russian roulette of power, sex, money and crime on the Metropolitan Opera stage in New York City, and live online in HD.

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Okładka (nid 6760475)

The legendary Swiss director Christoph Malthaler directs Janacek's The Makropulos Affair at the National Opera in Warsaw. The modernist opera receives its premiere production in Poland, with a cast of international and Polish artists

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Mariusz Kwiecień and Erin Morley in King Roger at the Santa Fe Opera, photo: Ken Howard

While some blame falls on the director for failing to bring out all of the assets of Szymanowski's oeuvre, the reviews of principal soloist Mariusz are glowing. The beautiful, richly-toned voice of the Polish-born baritone gives the score an unmistakably stirring quality.

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Beczała performs yet another time at the Met, garnering growing acclaim since his debut on the New York stage in 2006. Late March sees the young tenor star as des Grieux, an abandoned and won back lover of the seductive Manon, played by Anna Netrebko.

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