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About the festival







For centuries underestimated, pushed to the margins of history and treated with a grain of salt in the male dominated world — yet there is no question that women have always been very much present in the world of music. This year’s edition of the Sinfonietta Festival, the Sinfonietta Cracovia’s five-day musical marathon, is dedicated to women: instrumentalists, composers, musicians; both the well-known and the widely appreciated, and those who are still waiting for their rightful place in the pantheon of the all-time musical greats.


The Women’s Rally, Woman is Fickle, Love, Death and the Maiden — these are just some of the intriguing titles of the festival’s concerts planned in truly unconventional formulas. The festival will take place from June 30th to July 4th, mostly in the beautiful gardens and interiors of the National Museum in Krakow, such as the Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) and the famous, mysterious Hotel Cracovia (!), which will open its doors especially for this occasion.


Undoubtedly one of the greatest events of this year’s edition will be the spectacular opera performance of the Grigory Frid’s Diary of Anne Frank — directed by Rebekah Rota and staged in an unusual, industrial setting of the Old Jewish District’s Museum of Municipal Engineering, which will highlight and complement spectacle’s significance.


An international, star-studded female cast, including Vienna State Opera’s Ulrike Helzel, Polish soprano Ewa Majcherczyk, Los Angeles-born Rebekah Rota and Korean violin virtuoso Soyoung Yoon, who rose to fame as the winner of the 14th Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition — and who will perform Bach’s Double Concerto in a mentor-mentee duet with the contest’s latest sensation Amelia Maszońska; French Lethiec Trio and Switzerland-based Orion Trio — these are just some of the exquisite guests who will highlight this year’s festival of the beloved, self-proclaimed a woman, Sinfonietta Cracovia.


We do hope that the audience will forgive us juxtaposing in this year’s programme the works of such great female composers as Clara Schumann, Alma Mahler, Grażyna Bacewicz, Louise Farrenc or Tekla Bądarzewska-Baranowska — whose ‹‹Maiden’s Prayer›› was dubbed the first international musical hit! — with pieces by Gustav Mahler (‹‹Adagietto››), Franz Schubert (‹‹Death and the Maiden››) or Astor Piazzolla (‹‹Four Seasons in Buenos Aires››). That said let me assure you, that first and foremost we will do our best to give due honor to the women’s musical legacy! — says Jurek Dybał, the director of the Sinfonietta Cracovia and the mastermind behind this year’s edition of the festival.


Vive la musique, vive les femmes! Join us… regardless of gender!