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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland
  • CULTURE

  • 25 February 2019

    On Sunday afternoon, February 24th , Tokyo music lovers had the opportunity to see opera “Haunted Manor” exhibited by the Tama Orchestra and Choir conducted by Maestro Chikara Imamura.

    On Sunday afternoon, February 24th , Tokyo music lovers had the opportunity to see opera “Haunted Manor” exhibited by the Tama Orchestra and Choir conducted by Maestro Chikara Imamura. The event was a celebration of 2019 Moniuszko Year established by the lower house of the Polish parliament. 

    Performance was held under the auspices of Embassy of Poland in Japan and Polish Institute in Tokyo. It commemorated 100th year anniversary of the beginning of Polish-Japanese diplomatic relations and was part of series of events called “2019 Festival of Polish Culture in Japan”. The main initiator of spectacle, Maestro Chikara Imamura, is the winner of The Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors in Katowice (Poland), long-standing guest conductor in Polish National Opera in Warsaw and well-known promoter of Polish music in Japan and Japanese music in Poland.

    What deserves particular attention is the fact that although Stanislaw Moniuszko’s work has been already presented to Japanese audience in the past, its performance on March 24th was the first done in original Polish language version. It was possible thanks to graduates from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies who were part of the cast. The spectacle met with big interest from Tokyo audience, among guests who visited Tamashin Risuru Hall were: two former Japanese Ambassadors to Poland (Hideaki Ueda and Masaaki Ono), representatives of Tokyo cultural circles and local Polish community. After the performance audience members expressed their gratitude by long-lasting applause.

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