Iwona Hossa & Andreas Scholl Star in the 58th International Festival Wratislavia Cantans

By Afton Wooten

The 58th International Festival Wratislavia Cantans announced its lineup taking place Sept. 7-17 in Wrocław and Lower Silesia.

The title of this year’s edition is “Mother Nature,” inspired by Joseph Haydn’s “The Seasons.”

Soprano Iwona Hossa, tenor Pawel Skaluba, and bass Jerzy Butryn serve as soloists in the first concert,“Cosmogony.” The program features Tan Dun’s “Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Bird” and Krzysztof Penderecki’s “Cosmogony.” They are joined by the Polish National Youth Choir and the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic.

Performance Date: September 7, 2023

Soprano Quiteria Muñoz will provide vocals for a program of works by Mateo Flecha titled “Crazy in Love.” Fahmi Alqhai serves as artistic director and plays the viola da gamba.

Performance Date: September 8, 2023

Marcin Szelest accompanies the three-part vocal ensemble in the presentation of music from the early Baroque anthologies Ghirlanda di fioretti musicali and Musica boscareccia by Johann Hermann Schein in “Fioretti musicali.” 

Performance Date: September 9, 2023

Joseph Haydn “The Seasons,” Oratorio Hob. XXI:3 will be presented by soprano Annet Fritsch, tenor Maximilian Schmitt, and bass Florian Boesch with Giovanni Antonini conducting. The NFM Choir joins them under Lionel Sow’s direction.

Performance Date: September 9, 2023

Soprano Alicia Amo performs works by Francesco Corselli, Sebastián de Alberoand, and Giovanni Battista Pergolesi with Musica Boscareccia in “Mater Dei.”

Performance Dates: September 9 & 10, 2023

“Angel Voices,” a program of works by Antonio Vivaldi is led by conductor Enrico Onofri. Featured soloists include sopranos Carlotta Colombo and Jone Martínez and alto Margherita Maria Sala. Małgorzata Podzielny leads the NFM Girls’ Choir
with the European Union Baroque Orchestra under the baton of Mario Martinoli.

Performance Dates: September 10-12, 2023

“The Times of the Day” stars soprano Anita Rosati, alto Nora Steuerwald, tenor Karol Kozlowski, and bass Matthias Lutze. Marcin Świątkiewicz conducts and plays harpsichord for the Georg Philipp Telemann program.

Performance Dates: September 13, 15, & 16 2023

The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir will present “Songs of Nature” with Tõnu Kaljuste conducting.

Performance Dates: September 14 & 15, 2023

Giovanni Antonini conducts “Stabat Mater” with soprano Alicia Amo and countertenor Carlo Vistoli. Małgorzata Podzielny leads the NFM Boys’ Choir. The program will feature works by Arvo Pärt, Giovanni Felice Sances, and more.

Performance Date: September 16, 2023

The final performance of the festival is “The Elements” presented by soprano Chen Reiss, countertenor Andreas Scholl, tenor Thomas Cooley, and bass Johannes Weisser conducted by Andrzej Kosendiak. They close the festival with Johann Sebastian Bach’s secular cantata “Schleicht, spielende Wellen” BWV 206.

Performance Date: September 17, 2023