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“Madame Curie”

libretto Agata Miklaszewska, adaptation Elzbieta Sikora FP 15th Novembre, 2012, UNESCO Hall, Paris, produced by the Gdansk Opera Baltica Opera, Poland Anna Mikolajczyk, soprano, title role Wojciech Michniewski dir. Marek Weiss stage director ….Elzbieta Sikora’s score is bubbling, generous, often percussive and copper-colored - maybe to remind us of the fatal luminosity of radium. Its energy infuses the title role, it never dwells in useless slowness, it is colored with fine and lively touches - and often with deep, prolonged and anguished sounds . The composer’s language mixes orchestra and tape and is expressive and rich, also poetic : Marie’s lament over the dead body of her husband, " Pierre, I want to tell you ", is a jewel filled with emotion and vocal grace. Sikora’s vocal writing, although ample and emotive , is also coherent , combining wild epic gestures with seductive smoothness …

Chantal Cazaux Avant Scene Opera http://www.asopera.fr/critique-mada...

….Composed by Elzbieta Sikora with a libretto by Agata Miklaszewska, this opera, the result of two years work, is perhaps a demonstration of lyrical serialism with neo-romantic touches, fascinating in its richness, its color and the expressionism of its orchestration. The spectator is captivated by a score which follows the action very closely. The music speaks for itself, and contains very beautiful arias for the soloists. We could have understood the story without the words.

Christa Blenk Pettit Madame Curie-Kritik auf Deutsch

…Elzbieta Sikora’s engaging music fully exploits the different instrumental timbres, enriched by a large percussion group. The Gdansk Baltica Opera Orchestra responded to demanding writing and was firmly conducted by Wojciech Michniewski, who took care with the details and contrasts. From the beginning he set up an extreme dramatic tension without ever overpowering the vocal lines. Sikora’s lyricism is wide spread, and as intense as the glitter of radium even if it sometimes borders on an excess of sound. He directs an essentially Polish cast of a very high caliber which shows no weakness. In the title role, Anna Mikolajczyk is the ideal embodiment of this upright and stubbornly free personality ; her generous, and supple voice, comfortable in all registers, takes on this overwhelming role without hesitation and with a stunning effect. With her, Pawel Skaluba/Pierre Curie, Leszek Skrla/ Einstein and Tomasz Rak/Paul Langevin are partners of equal strength, with beautiful strong voices like those of Marie’s daughters and the female friends who assist and support her in the third act. The use of dance and video is not really relevant but the choir’s dramatic input - an excellent branch of the Gdansk Opera Baltica - surrounding the heroine during the whole performance as a hostile presence, creates moments of a great intensity, gathering up rhythm and space. Michèle Tosi La Scène, Opéra http://www.resmusica.com/?s=sikora&...