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Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera

Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera

Vocal technique and Ukrainian vocal music

with Olga Pasichnyk and Andriy Yurkevych

23 - 30 April 2023

Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera


In the light of the political events in Ukraine but also with great artistic value of Ukrainian music in mind, the Opera Academy of the Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera in Warsaw, Poland, is organising a workshop that aims at celebrating the Ukrainian cultural heritage through discovering the unusual qualities of the Ukrainian vocal music.


The participants of the workshop will work on Ukrainian vocal repertoire and practice how to deal with various aspects of this music. Exploring different opera arias and songs will help them discover the rich Ukrainian vocal literature, which is still mostly unknown and not so widely performed. The workshop can also help artists to learn more about the intricacies of Ukrainian vocal music and to develop a deeper understanding of how to render them in performance.


Workshop sessions in singing, working with the orchestra and piano coaching will be held by great authorities in Ukrainian music:

>> Olga Pasichnyk - soprano singer

>> Andriy Yurkevych - conductor

>> Lech Napierała - pianist


Ukrainian vocal music exhibits a wide variety of forms – monodic, heterophonic, homophonic, harmonic and polyphonic. Yet, the traditional Ukrainian music is predominantly heterophonic. The songs tell the story of the people, their characteristics and the landscape they live in, as well as of rules of social life. Their classification falls between various genres, but also between ritual (incantations, laments, songs related to the folk calendar, wedding and work) and non-ritual songs (folk epics: dumy or ballads; and the lyric songs: love songs or lullabies). They were sung solo and in ensembles.


Thanks to the Ukrainian Art Songs project (www.ukrainianartsong.ca), providing vocal music of the leading Ukrainian composers, as well as other resources available to download for the participants, the Ukrainian Vocal Music workshop will basically focus on the music of such composers, as: Yakiv Stepovyi, Stefania Turkewich, Kyrylo Stetsenko, Mykola Lysenko, Vasyl Barvinsky, Stanyslav Liudkevych, Denys Sichynsky, but also: Konstiantyn Dankevych, Semen Hulak-Artemovsky, Vitaliy Kyreiko, Stanislav Liudkevych, Borys Lyatoshynky, Heorhiy Maiboroda, Yulii Meitus and Mykhailo Verykivsky.


The workshop will end with a participants’ concert, which will be held at the Redutowe Halls of the Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera, Warsaw, Poland.


About Ukrainian music:

> More information about Ukrainian music

> Discover composers here and here

> Some arias here and songs here


We also encourage you to watch a documentary movie “Ukrainian Rhapsody - A Journey into Ukrainian Classical Music", produced in 2017, about Ukrainian vocal traditions and historical background featuring e.g., Olga Pasichnyk (soprano) and Natalia Pasichnyk (pianist).


 Practical informations


Date: From April 23rd to 30th 2023

Place: Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera - Pl. Teatralny 1; 00-950 Warsaw, Poland


 Application process


- the artist must be connected to one of the 12 enoa member institutions
- the artist must contact her sending institution, which decides if they recommend her application

- if recommanded, the artist must send their application to aoperowa@teatrwielki.pl with your sending institution contact in copy

- the network assumes the responsibility for the training fees, the costs of accommodation and travel

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration without regard to their personal situation.


The enoa network is actively seeking to support artists currently under-represented in the opera world for historical, cultural or social reasons.

More information on enoa’s commitments




Number of participants:

- Positions reserved for participants supported by enoa organisations: 6

- Positions reserved for participants selected by the hosting institution: 8



 Artistic requirements


Application requirements:


• CV or bio

• video recordings of any repertoire (min. 4 minutes, max. 10)


The Opera Academy will be happy to assist the participants in selecting the programme for the workshop – any enquiries should be directed at aoperowa@teatrwielki.pl