Treliński’s Boulevard Solitude with the Welsh National Opera
no-image, Treliński’s Boulevard Solitude with the Welsh National Opera
Mariusz Treliński’s vision of Boulevard Solitude, the opera created by Hans Werner Henze, is to be performed around the UK with the Welsh National Opera.
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In the picture: Amanda Echalaz (Manon Lescaut), photo. Krzysztof Bielinski / archives of the Grand Theatre - National Opera
Boulevard Solitude, Hans Werner Henze's 1952 opera, is to be brought to British audiences by famed Polish opera director Mariusz Treliński. The show opens in the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, on 26 February, 2014 with a repetition on 28 February, before heading to various other venues around the UK.
The play, set in eighteenth-century Paris and New Orleans, tells the story of a priest who casts away his cassock for a girl. Mariusz Treliński moved the whole piece to a modern city, placing the characters in the corporate world.
The subway station in some sense, is a place outside of time in which the nameless crowd, in our production, passes by – says the director. – This is a place where time and coincidence meet. You can meet here a mysterious woman, but also you can die. This is a place of alienation. In the original version, we have to deal with constant movement. In our play the cities are replaced by metro stations, which are the different stages of love, fascination or simply the fall of the main character. The entire story actually takes place in the mind of the main character - it is a subjective story.
Polish and Welsh cultural institutions have strengthened their artistic collaboration over the years. Treliński has previously shown the British audience a spectacular Manon Lescaux, the Puccini opera, which was co-produced by the Opera in Cardiff. British director David Pountney, head of the Welsh National Opera, is well-known to Polish opera lovers for, among others, his production of King Roger for the inauguration of the Polish Presidency of the European Union. Recently, he presented the opera Portrait at the Grand Theatre in Poznań, where it was well-received by audiences.
source: Rzeczpospolita, own materials, ed. AL., translated: Katarzyna Maksimiuk, 25.02.2014