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Polish opera director Ryszard Peryt dies

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Grzegorz Siwicki 23.01.2019 17:15
One of Poland’s most prominent opera directors, Ryszard Peryt, has died at the age of 71.
Ryszard Peryt, pictured in December. Photo: PAP/Rafał GuzRyszard Peryt, pictured in December. Photo: PAP/Rafał Guz

He served as artistic director of the Polish Royal Opera from the time it was launched in 2017.

His last production, Stanisław Moniuszko’s The Haunted Manor, had its premiere in Warsaw at the end of last year.

Earlier in his career, from 1985 to 2005, Peryt was associated with the Warsaw Chamber Opera, where he produced all of Mozart’s stage works, becoming the world’s first opera director to do so.

Peryt was originally trained as an actor, graduating from the Warsaw Drama Academy in 1970. Nine years later he obtained a degree in theatre directing from his alma mater.

In addition to several opera companies in Poland, he collaborated with opera theatres in Hanover, Germany; Biel, Switzerland; Venice; Ankara; Cairo; and Belgrade.

He was a professor at the Warsaw Drama Academy.

Poland's Culture Minister Piotr Gliński has described Peryt as "a great artist, visionary, and an authority; a man of incredible erudition and outstanding accomplishments."


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