Jan Kiepura Festival

Jan Kiepura Festival

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Jan Kiepura Festival

By Nicholas Newman

In the Polish Carpathian mountain town of Krynica, every year a summer music festival is held in August for one week. This summer festival has been celebrating music in all its forms since 1967. During the Jan Kiepura Festival in this old mountain spa town, events take place in all sorts of locations including open air concert venues and the main pump room.

The music performed includes Polish folk music, European operetta and opera, plus modern music. This year the works of Stanisław Janicki, Georg Philipp Telemann, Strauss, Astor Piazzolla etc, were performed.

The performers include a number of well-known upcoming and international singers, musicians, dancers and other celebrities from across the world such as Polish operatic soprano Teresa Żylis-Gara, actress Stanisława Celińska and tenor Adam Sobierajski.

Also, leading musician groups such as Silesian Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the Zabrze Philharmonic, Częstochowa Philharmonic Orchestra, and Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz etc.

I think the best concert of the week was that by Polish television, film and stage actress Stanisława Celińska, which demonstrated a wide range of her experience as a professional singer and actress.

As for the Jan Kiepura Festival performances, it is wise to book ahead as many of the events are sold out, but you can see excerpts of performances on the festival web site. In addition, it is a good idea to bring a pillow as the seats are uncomfortable, as well as some water to drink so as to avoid the long queues at the bar.

I especially enjoyed the performances of the Winners of the International Vocal Competition Jan Kiepura in Krynica-Zdrój, which included Ahyong Kim – soprano (South Korea), JingXing Tan – tenor (China), Katarzyna Rzeszutek – piano (Poland); with their talent they are likely to be global stars of the future.

Certainly, the yearly Jan Kiepura Festival is a good way to enjoy the best of Europe’s cultural musical heritage, whilst enjoying the best of Polish health spas and mountains. But be prepared for the open air concerts to bring a rain coat or umbrella.

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