What's on at the Baltic Opera, Gdańsk in 2021?

13 Oct 2021
We're pretty sure you're aware of the fact that Coronavirus has disrupted just about every event calendar in every major city across Poland, and Gdańsk is no different. The Baltic Opera, the largest cultural institution in Pomerania, was particularly frustrated to not be able to celebrate the 70th anniversary of their 'Opera Studio' debut in June 2020. Fortunately, however, cultural venues have been allowed to open again and the rush of concerts, exhibitions and stage productions has been immense, and it's for this reason that Gdańsk's Baltic Opera is pleased to announce that tickets for IX-XII 2021 performances are now on sale! As an institution that has prided itself on breaking new ground with premiering numerous classics on stage, this season's repertoire will be no different - for the first time in Poland, the opera Fidelio and Prokofiev's ballet of the classic fairytale Cinderella will debut with great anticipation from Gdańsk's loyal opera-going community. In addition, performances of The Pearl Fishers, Madama Butterfly, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Don Bucefalo, Judith/The Prodigal Son/The Rite of Spring evening will all grace the stage in their respective grandeur. It's not all about the classics, however. The Baltic Opera are continuing to foster the younger generation of the performing arts, and their will be several educationally-focused events appearing in the upcoming repertoire as well. For more information on how to get tickets, visit
What's to be expected at the Baltic Opera's IX-XII 2021 season?


A classic known and loved by all generations, the infallible Grimm brothers' fairy tale of a poor orphaned girl, whose life is hampered by two evil sisters and a stepmother, has been brought to life numerous times, in literature, radio and by the animated magic of Disney. This time, Cinderella will be brought to life in dance, accompanied by Prokofiev's musical score, sure to enchant the audience and sweep them off their feet in a truly fairytale experience.
Rehearsals for Cinderella at the Baltic Opera

Don Bucefalo

A comic opera, written by Antonio Cagnoni at the impressive age of 19, this long-forgotten masterpiece returns to the canon as the notable inspiration of the greats of his time - Verdi and Rossini. Don Bucefalo is an opera about opera, a performance about a performance, a musical satire of the tastes of 19th-century composers. This contemporary version, brought to the stage by Baltic Opera, has not compromised on Cagnoni's sense of humour, and the tensions of love's greatest struggles have never been higher! Appropriated into a 21st-century setting, with a climate reminiscent of the films of Sorrentino, this compositional impulse restores his verve to the dying Don Bucephalus. The staff and patients of the Il Paradiso medical clinic deliver a performance as bold and as expressive as the great works seen in the amphitheatres of Ancient Rome. As the clinic's gorgeous female employees compete for centre stage, love is fueled by ambition in the subtext of the background. How does it end? In good spirit, of course!
A modern interpretation of the comical Don Bucefalo at the Baltic Opera


The only opera ever written by Ludwig Van Beethoven, Fidelio is the story of a devoted wife who, risking her own life, wants to save a loved one who has been unjustly imprisoned in prison. However, this is not another recreated 19th-century period piece, as director Michael Sturm has chosen to contextualise this struggle within something a little closer to home. The emerging Solidarity movement of the 1980s and other pro-democratic groups were a tangle of mutually dependent states, cooperating in the name of a more just social order. An important thread, raised both by the producers and Beethoven himself, is the issue of love and sacrifice for the other person. Is this a sufficiently stable foundation for the new order?
The artistic activity of the Baltic Opera focuses on presenting works that are distinguished from world culture not only by their musical arrangement, but also by playing with more important social contexts. Thus, the backdrop of central and eastern European social change in the late 20th century is the stage on which this opera is voiced.
Fidelio at the Baltic Opera


First staged in Paris on June 28, 1841 at the Royal Academy of Music, Giselle is inspired by the traditional theme of love stronger than death, two timeless threads that can be traced back as far as the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Adolphe Adam's musical accompaniment to this classic work of ballet meets with constant admiration from any audience who is fortunate enough to see it. Tchaikovsky himself, a great symphonist and creator of ballet music, described Giselle as "a poetic, musical and choreographic gem". The story, in which two balancing loves intertwine, perfectly reflects these romantic ideas, and this production by the Baltic Opera reveals all these romantic assumptions that remain emotionally touching in the modern world. Giselle, the waitress, falls under the spell of a handsome Albert who has come to play by the seaside. However, when the girl discovers that the boy is engaged, in addition to being a Warsaw celebrity, she feels cheated and used, and drowns at sea. Who are the Kashubian waterlines? Can you be forgiven by dancing? And what does the wild rose symbolize? The answers to these and other questions can be found in the Gdańsk interpretation of Giselle!
A modern interpretation of Giselle told through Polish cultural references at the Baltic Opera.

Judith / The Prodigal Son / The Rite of Spring

We all know that opera is, first and foremost, a spiritual experience. For this reason, the 70th anniversary of the Baltic Opera's existence will be focused on giving local audiences the opportunity to experience the aesthetics, themes and diversity of artistic skills that make the magic happen! This special 3-feature is a spiritual journey through a selection of prototypical ideas - the Old Testament story of Judith, the pagan Rite of Spring, and the parable of the prodigal son, each serving as the inspiration behind the music of Arthur Honegger, Igor Stravinsky and Claude Debussy respectively. Each story also emphasizes numerous emotional and cultural ambiguities that are roused within each story. Above all, however, these three works are united by love - maternal, heroic, submissive, heroic, pure, subconscious - and, although seemingly separate, can be united in the language of dance and operatic theatre. As works from some of the greatest composers of the 20th century, the Baltic Opera has, once again, masterfully interpreted them in a way that corresponds to our current reality, further proving that this medium of performance is still relevant in the 21st century.
The three-piece curation of Judith / The Prodigal Son / The Rite of Spring at the Baltic Opera

Madama Butterfly

The story of Cio-Cio-San, a Japanese geisha that gives her heart and soul to an American sailor, is a quintessential work of opera by the Italian master Giacomo Puccini. A multidimensional story that not only brings out what is most valuable in the genre of opera, but also makes the recipient aware of the paradox of love, it's the wonderfully expressive music that keeps the audience in an emotional grip throughout the performance until the tragic finale. Don't miss this masterpiece of opera!
Madama Butterfly at the Baltic Opera

The Nutcracker

A classic opera fairy tale, set during the Christmas season, is yet another masterpiece of the genre that the whole family can enjoy. E.T.A Hoffmann's story of friendship, dedication and great courage presents many a lesson to remind the audience of what is most important, and, through Tchaikovsky's musical wonder, the fantastical world of the girl who befriends a nutcracker who must battle the evil Mouse King comes to life in this opera classic. Staging for this production in Gdańsk was prepared by world-class producers, most notably the renowned choreographer Francois Mauduit and the talented set designer Justin Arienti. The Nutcracker is a spectacle perfect for long winter evenings - beautiful music, dance and scenery will warm the hearts of all viewers!
The Nutcracker at the Baltic Opera

Young Choreographers' Evening

One of the primary goals of the Baltic Opera is promoting lesser-known but artistically perfected works of niche. With this purpose in mind, this respected Gdańsk institution aims to give the possibility of artistic expression to young artists who are professionally associated with it. Wieczór Młodej Choreografii (ENG: Young Choreographers' Evening) is a series of meetings with performances, prepared by Baltic Opera ballet artists who, based on their many years of experience, have chosen to convey their thoughts and emotions through the language of dance.
Rehearsals for the Young Choreographers' Evening series at the Baltic Opera

For more information on how to get tickets, visit Of course, there are always numerous other opera events happening in Gdańsk all year round. Visit out Opera Events page for more!



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