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Krzysztof Citak
30.06.2019 at 18h00 CET
Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 18:00

Poznań Opera House


A bitter thing cannot be made sweet.

Operas | Moniuszko

Having led a series of victorious campaigns against rival territories, a warrior wins the hand of a Brahmin priestess. But when his true caste is brought to light, he risks losing more than just his bride.


Based on a play by Casimir Delavigne, Stanisław Moniuszko's final opera is rarely performed. Poznań Opera presents it in this new production directed by Graham Vick to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth.

Sung in Polish.

English, French and German subtitles available with possibility of auto-translation into 114 other languages.

Available from
30.06.2019 at 18h00 CET

Available until
29.12.2019 at 23h59 CET

IdamorDominik Sutowicz
RatefPavlo Tolstoy
AkebarSzymon Kobyliński
NealaMonika Mych-Nowicka
DżaresMikołaj Zalasiński
PriestessAleksandra Pokora

MusicStanisław Moniuszko
TextJan Chęciński
ConductorGabriel Chmura
DirectorGraham Vick
Set DesignerSamal Blak
Costume DesignerSamal Blak
Lighting DesignerGiuseppe di Iorio
ChoreographerRon Howell
Chorus MasterMariusz Otto


Idamore, a brave chief who has only recently won a war, confides in his friend Ratef. Idamore is in love with the priestess Neala, daughter of the High Priest Akebar. The secret conversation between the friends is interrupted by a sudden uproar. A pariah has entered the area of the sacred grove. He has broken the law, because no "untouchable" person can ever visit it. His penalty for such an act is death. The angry crowd chases the pariah. Idamore stands in his defence.

Act I

Neala also loves Idamore. They both know that their feelings are at odds with the rules of the caste society.
The High Priest Akebar gathers the priests in the temple. He warns them that the caste of warriors is gaining more and more support among the people and wants to deprive the priests of their power. Akebar is aware of Neala's feelings, so he offers his daughter's hand to Idamore, releasing her from her priestly vows. This cunning move is intended to alleviate the growing conflict between the priests and the warriors.

Act II

Akebar calls Idamore his “son”. This word brings back memories for Idamore. We learn of another deeply hidden secret of Idamore's: he too is a pariah. For years he has been living in hiding, fearing that someone would recognise him as an "untouchable", he has renounced his father and his origins. Plagued by remorse, he confesses this secret to Neala. She decides to stay with her beloved until death.
Ratef announces that an old man, Zares, has appeared in the city asking about Idamore. Neala decides to welcome the poor pilgrim and see what he wants. He insists on seeing Idamore. Idamore recognises Zares as his long-lost father. Zares urges his son to return to his homeland. Idamore's love for Neala makes it difficult to make such a decision.


The wedding ceremony begins. Akebar leads Idamore inside. Zares breaks free from the crowd, accusing Idamore of hypocrisy. The participants of the ceremony feel sorry for the rejected old man, and the old man, in a surge of grief, also confesses to being a pariah. Akebar orders him to be killed. Idamore stands in defence of his father. In a fit of anger, he confesses to also being a pariah. Akebar kills Idamore. Neala appears. When she comprehends what has happened, she announces that she is also Zares's daughter from that moment forth. In order to suppress the wrath of the people, Akebar banishes Neala.