“The 21st century in Polish opera begins with ‘The Magic Mountain’”, says Jacek Marczyński, a critic from “Rzeczpospolita”, who ranked the production first in his musical countdown of 2015. Jacek Hawryluk features the opera in his list of the most important events of the year in classical music which was published in „Gazeta Wyborcza”. He described his impressions with the following words: “It was supposed to be a big event and it was – the premiere of the opera on Malta festival had quite an emotional reception. (...) If someone has recently given in to doubt about Polish modern opera, their faith has been restored”. Dorota Szwarcman, a critic of the weekly “Polityka”, lists Paweł Mykietyn’s opera in third place in the “Classical Music” category in her 2015 recap. She explains: “Extraordinary music, exquisite performers, stirring as a whole.” “The Magic Mountain“ with Paweł Mykietyn’s music and Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk’s libretto, directed by Andrzej Chyra with the stage design of Mirosław Bałka, produced under the aegis of the 25th Malta Festival Poznan, where it also premiered, found its way to the cultural rankings for 2015 of Polish Radio 3, Cuture.pl, and the daily “Polska”.
The production has also been awarded with the Konrad Swinarski Award for the best director of the season: Andrzej Chyra. Last year the composer Paweł Mykietyn, received the prestigious Special Prize of the “Teatr” monthly and the Koryfeusz Muzyki Polskiej 2015 prize in the “Personality of the Year” category. Barbara Kinga Majewska, who played Kławdia, is one of the three nominees for Paszport “Polityki” in the “Classical Music” category.
“The Magic Mountain” is the only opera in the countdown of the “Theatrical hits of 2015” prepared for the Culture.pl portal by Anna Legierska. It was also mentioned in “Radiowy Dom Kultury”, a Polish Radio 3 programme. “The Magic Mountain” was nominated the “Event of the Year” plebiscite organised by “Radiowy Dom Kultury” and won the O 2015 Best Play Award of o.pl cultural web portal.
We are very much pleased with the opera’s success and we wish to congratulate the artists behind it. We also promise future encounters with the “The Magic Mountain” in Poland and abroad throughout 2016.