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Warsaw Chamber Opera fights for survival

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Peter Gentle 28.05.2012 09:56
Close on 3,500 music fans visited the Warsaw Chamber Opera for Mozart Night, which was both an artistic event and protest against cuts to the company’s funding.

Warsaw Chamber Opera, (formerly the STS theatre): photo - wikicommons

During a nine-hour marathon one hundred singers and instrumentalists presented excerpts from Mozart operas, interspersed with the composer’s songs and chamber pieces.

The event was both a promotion of the annual Mozart Festival, which opens in mid-June, and the company’s protest against sizeable cuts in subsidies from the Marshal of the Warsaw Province, which threaten the further functioning of the institution.

Signatures were collected under a petition to the Minister of Culture and National Heritage urging the Ministry to give the Warsaw Chamber Opera the status of a national institution of culture and take over its financing.

Tuesday, the Warsaw Chamber Opera will give an open-air performance of Mozart’s Requiem in front of the Ministry of Culture to lobby for its cause.

Founded 51 years ago, the Warsaw Chamber Opera is the world’s only company to have all of Mozart’s stage works in its repertoire.

The 2012 Mozart Festival will be the 22nd edition of the event.

The company’s founder and director Stefan Sutkowski submitted his resignation several weeks ago. It is to take effect after the conclusion of the Mozart Festival, at the end of July. (mk/pg)

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