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Monday, April 24 at 8pm at the Goethe-Institut

Through a historical and geopolitical contextualization, an introduction to Paderewski's music as well as a linguistic analysis, Guillaume Fauchère, conductor of the Choir of the Opéra national de Lorraine, offers us a foretaste of the opera Manru, performed for the very first time in France. This new production - co-produced by the Halle Opera - presents, for the first time in 120 years, the work in German, the original language of its creation. The lecture will be accompanied by musical excerpts performed by Artur Banaszkiewicz.

Around Manru
Because she fell in love with the gypsy Manru, the young Ulana was repudiated by her mother and rejected by her village. But Ulana and Manru's love will have to face many other pitfalls: it will have to resist the call of the nomadic life which is stronger than anything else and which threatens their familys tranquillity... This story of impossible and universal love, between two beings from hostile communities, is sometimes called the "Polish Carmen". Its composer, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, had an exceptional destiny: a virtuoso among the greatest pianists of his time, he settled for a time in the United States before returning to Poland at the end of the First World War, taking over the government in a country in full reconstruction.

Guillaume Fauchère
French choir and orchestral conductor, Guillaume Fauchère has been at the head of the Choir of the Opéra national de Lorraine since 2021. Trained at the prestigious University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Vienna, he has conducted numerous works of the Germanic repertoire.

Artur Banaszkiewicz
Artur Banaszkiewicz is a Polish violinist, composer and arranger. In addition to the classical violin repertoire, Artur Banaszkiewicz frequently performs his own virtuoso fantasies and interpretations of famous pieces from various musical fields in venues such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus or the Lincoln Center in New York.

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