Madame Curie, an opera by Elzbieta Sikora, will be presented at the Tianjin Grand Theatre in Beijing, in early September.
Commissioned by the Baltic Opera in Poland, Madame Curie portrays Marie Sklodowska-Curie not only as an outstanding scientist and Nobel Prize winner, but also as a strong woman who faced adversity—the death of her husband, the negative attitude of the male-dominated scientific community, and the consequences of her discovery.
The opera touches on a lot of interesting and unknown threads in her life, all of which immerses the audience in the atmosphere of late nineteenth and early twentieth century Europe. The main character is on stage at all times, sharing her thoughts with others, and sometimes with the audience.
When & where
September 3 & 4 2014 @ 7:30pm
Tianjin Grand Theatre
Tianjin Cultural Center
Tianjin, Hexi, Fairyland Road
Elzbieta Sikora Composer
Wojciech Michniewski Musical direction
Marek Weiss Staging
Hanna Szymczak Set design
Izadora Weiss Choreography
Piotr Miszkiewicz Lighting design
Madame Curie was realized with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, as part of the Cultural Programme of the Polish Presidency of the EU Council. The premiere was held on 15 November 2011 in the hall of UNESCO in Paris, the Polish premiere took place on 25 November 2011 in the Baltic Opera in Gdansk.
In March 2013 the production was released on DVD by the Baltic Opera, the National Audiovisual Institute (NInA) and the Phonographic Company DUX. The recording was honoured with the prestigious French award OrphÈe du Prestige Lyrique de l'Europe de l'Academie du Disque Lyrique.
For composing Madame Curie El|bieta Sikora was awarded, among others, the Pomeranian Artistic Award, The City of Gdansk Award in the Field of Culture "Splendor Gedanensis", The Mayor of Gdansk "Neptune" Award, Polish Composers' Association Award and The Storm of the Year (awarded by Gazeta Wyborcza").
Anna MikoBajczyk was also acclaimed for her portrayal of Marie Sklodowska-Curie: she received the City of Gdansk Theatre Award, as well as the "Storm of the Year".
Baltic Opera in GdaDsk is the largest and the most dynamically developing cultural institution in the north of Poland. Its repertoire includes both ambitious pieces such as as Salome or Madame Curie in the staging of Marek Weiss and Ubu Rex staged by Janusz Wisniewski, as well as such household titles of the world operatic canon as: Cosi fan tutte, Eugene Onegin, La Traviata and Tosca.
In 2010, the Baltic Opera was recognized by the BBC as one of the nine best opera houses in Europe as the only Polish opera theatre on the list.