Krystian Lada - Polityka Prize 2020 nomination in Classical Music


Krystian Lada has been nominated to the Polityka Prize 2020 in the Classical Music category for his successful achievements: In January, at the Opera Rara festival in Krakow, he showed both the already famous installation "Unknown, I live with you", previously realized in Brussels with the music of Katarzyna Głowicka, and the premiere of Gioachino Rossini's forgotten opera "Sigismondo". 

He is a director, playwright and librettist, both in the field of opera and performing arts.

Nominated for the second time, as he has achieved further successes since last year. In January, at the Opera Rara festival in Krakow, he showed both the already famous installation "Unknown, I live with you", previously realized in Brussels with the music of Katarzyna Głowicka, and the premiere of Gioachino Rossini's forgotten opera "Sigismondo". When the pandemic struck, it thwarted his plans to stage Karol Szymanowski's "King Roger" at the Savonlinna festival - in return, he made an interesting "pandemic" version of "Roxana's Song" in the form of a YouTube video. In September, he staged Vivaldi's "Bajazeta" at the Viennese Kammeroper, received very positively by critics.

Born in 1983 in Warsaw, studied in Amsterdam. He is a director, playwright and librettist, both in the field of opera and performing arts. As a playwright, he collaborated with with Ivo van Hove, Mariusz Treliński, Tobias Kratzer, Yuval Sharon, and as a librettist with composers: Katarzyna Głowicka, Dariusz Przybylski and Annelies Van Parys.

In 2013–16 he was the head of the drama and promotion department at the Brussels opera La Monnaie / De Munt. In 2017, he founded The Airport Society - an association of traveling artists, activists and social activists initiating projects in the field of opera, technology and current social phenomena. He was a member of the Opera Europa team of advisers, an organization associating European theaters and opera festivals. He initiated and managed the United States of Opera forum for contemporary opera creators in Amsterdam, he was the originator and coordinator of the research and development program for Fringe FUEL artists and the "creative activism" section of the Fringe Festival in Amsterdam. He was also the coordinator of the European Opera Days in the Netherlands.

He is the recipient of the Mortier Next Generation Award. He directed two performances at the Wrocław Opera: "I Montecchi e and Capuletti" by Vincenz Bellini and the super-show "Nabucco" by Giuseppe Verdi.

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