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The Warsaw Chamber Opera is a musical institution that traces its history 50 years back to 1961 when it was founded by Stefan Sutkowski, who would later become its long time managing and artistic director. La serva padrona by G. B. Pergolesi was the first premiere staged by the Opera on the 4th of September 1961. The Warsaw Chamber Opera’s repertoire is remarkable for its large diversity of musical styles and forms of featured stage plays, ranging from Medieval mystery plays, early and late baroque operas, classical operas, 18th century pantomimes, the operas of Rossini and Donizetti, through to contemporary stage plays, some of which were commissioned by the institution. The Opera’s artists also thrive on chamber music, oratorios and symphonies from different time periods.


Since October 15th 1986, the Warsaw Chamber Opera has performed in its own theatre hall, a historic building dated back to 1775, located at al. Solidarności 76b.


The Chamber Opera’s residence with its intimate interior and excellent acoustics has been listed in the register of monuments of the city of Warsaw.


At present the artists of the Warsaw Chamber Opera consist of conductors (Ruben Silva, Zbigniew Graca, Tadeusz Karolak among others), soloists, two orchestras – the Sinfonietta of the Warsaw Chamber Opera and the Period Instruments Ensemble Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense - and a chorus.


The Warsaw Chamber Opera holds a number of festivals including the Mozart Festival, Baroque Opera Festival, Claudio Monteverdi Festival, Gioacchino Rossini Festival or the Contemporary Polish Opera Festival. Between the years 2000 and 2001 a celebration was held by the WCO to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the establishment of opera as a genre. A total of 57 stagings (including 7 premieres) from different art periods were put on at that “Festival of Festivals”, ranging from what is considered to be the oldest, completely preserved opera, Euridice by Jacopo Peri, to contemporary works commissioned by the WCO. As a part of the celebration 125 plays were staged at the WCO’s theatre in Warsaw. A series of artistic events labeled “Ode to Europe” was held to celebrate Poland becoming a member state of the European Union. It introduced festivals, opera plays and concerts presenting music from the 25 countries of the EU. In 2011 the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the WCO was celebrated under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Poland, Bronisław Komorowski and the European Parliament


The Mozart Festival which has been organized for more than 20 years now is the Chamber Opera’s flagship artistic endeavor. The first edition was held to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of the Viennese composer. The prime movers behind the festival were the founder and  long time chair of the WCO, Stefan Sutkowski, and stage director Ryszard Peryt. Ever since its beginning the Mozart Festival has been the only European festival to present the complete artistic oeuvre of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart performed exclusively by artists from a single opera house. The composer’s operas, oratorios, symphonies, instrumental concerti and chamber works are featured every year in Warsaw. Performances and concerts are held annually in June and July at the Warsaw Chamber Opera’s theatre and other historic sites across the capital.


The Warsaw Chamber Opera has presented its works in Poland and abroad, including prestigious international music festivals. To date the Opera visited 16 countries in Europe but also Japan, Lebanon, USA and Canada. 


In December, 2012, Jerzy Lach became the new managing director of the WCO.


Since 2013 the Warsaw Chamber Opera has embarked on a number of new enterprises such as concert cycles - Fridays at the Royal Łazienki, Wednesdays at the Dominicans, the Stars of the Warsaw Chamber Opera, educational series: Family Opera Matinees, Opera Lovers’ Box – Thursday Evenings and also (as of season 2013/2014) the Youth Stage and the Marionette Stage.


"Family Opera Matinees" is an educational program addressed to preschool and early school-aged children and their parents. The matinees are held cyclically once a month on a Sunday at the Warsaw Chamber Opera Theatre. The matinees feature the very best artists of the Warsaw Chamber Opera – Anna Radziejewska, Robert Szpręgiel, Sylwester Smulczyński, Andrzej Klimczak, Dariusz Górski among others, with Andrzej Ferenc as the narrator. The program of each Matinee includes tales that involve popular operatic characters performed by singers accompanied by a chamber ensemble with a speaker who reveals the story in a fairy-tale manner, they also include music and movement activities and displays of musical instruments.


"Opera Lovers’ Box" is an open area for all enthusiasts of opera, classical music but most of all the Warsaw Chamber Opera. The title "Opera Lovers’ Box" on the one hand points out to theatrical traditions, on the other hand betokens a new way of interaction with an audience. The subtitle "Thursday Evenings" alludes to "Thursday Dinners" and through that symbolizes a link between our meetings and the times of king Stanislaw August Poniatowski, an important epoch in the history of our culture. The meetings have a participatory or even clublike nature. Their purpose is to gather people around the Warsaw Chamber Opera and the notion of music and cultural heritage.


The Youth Stage is a concept introduced by the Warsaw Chamber Opera in order to meet expectations of the most skilled young artists who wish to gain valuable experience, by helping them carry out their music projects. The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music has been invited to collaborate in the co-production of operas and concert arrangements. The Youth Stage commenced with Donizettti's The Elixir of Love, a play organized by the UFCM that was staged on May 1st ,2nd  and 3rd , 2013 at the Warsaw Chamber Opera Theatre. 


The Marionette Stage of the Warsaw Chamber Opera was inaugurated in 2014 with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Abduction from Seraglio. It is going to be the Poland's only marionette opera and one of the few in Europe. Its artistic program will offer a wide array of operas from different eras. Given the fact that performances will use long-string marionettes action will unfold altogether against the stage set, while the operator will stay hidden. This kind of staging requires a custom-built structure thus making it more impressive for the audience. The plays will feature leading soloists and instrumentalists of the Warsaw Chamber Opera.


00-145 Warsaw, al. Solidarności 76b
00-695 Warsaw, ul. Nowogrodzka 49
Director's office
tel./fax  48 22 628 30 96
00-145 Warsaw, al. Solidarności 76b
Box Office opening hours
Monday to Friday, 11.00 - 19.00
and on performance evenings (Saturdays, Sundays)
from 16.00.
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tel. 48 22 831 22 40
Information and ticket booking
Monday to Friday
9.00 – 15.00
tel. 48 22 625 75 10



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