3 Paderewskis: An Opera in One Act received its European debut on Friday, October 18th, 2019 at the Aula Nova Akademii Muzycznej w Poznaniu. This performance was part of the PADEREWSKI FESTIVAL sponsored by the Music Theater In Poznan under the direction of Przemyslaw Kieliszewski and Andrzej Hamerski, as well as the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
Jenni Brandon, the composer, music director, and conductor of 3 PADEREWSKIS travelled to Poland with 4 American singers (Keiko Clark- ANTONINA, Maria Dominique Lopez – IGNACE, Todd Strange – JAN, and Steve Pence PADEREWSKI) as well as David Bridel (director) and Oliver Mayer (librettist) to work with a chorus of 4 Polish singers and 4 Polish instrumentalists. They rehearsed for 4 days and then performed the work to an audience of approximately 450. The work was extremely well received, receiving an extended standing ovation and concluding with a reprise of the final song “Change the World”.
Jenni, David, and Oliver also participated in workshops to talk about process, writing, and creativity.
Zuzanna Kaczmarek – soprano
Marta Kmieciak – alto
Bartłomiej Witczak – tenor
Łukasz Kocur – bass
Piotr Żukowki – piano
Mateusz Kolasiński – violin
Weronika Grenda – viola
Martyna Słojewska – cello
Here are some highlights from rehearsals, performance, and time in the beautiful city of Poznan. Production pictures from the Poznan production by M. Kordula.