“Madame Curie” awardedJun 25, 2013
On 25 June 2013 Académie du Disque Lyrique is going to hand out the Orphée awards at Paris’ Théâtre Châtelet. The DVD of Madame Curie by Elżbieta Sikora will receive the special award: Orphée du Prestige Lyrique de l'Europe.
Elżbieta Sikora’s Madame Curie is a biographical opera devoted to Maria Skłodowska-Curie, set to the libretto by Agata Miklaszewska, and commissioned by the Baltic Opera in Gdańsk under the project Opera Gedanesis. The opera premiered on 15 November 2011 at the UNESCO hall in Paris; it was produced by the Baltic Opera and the Polish Institute in Paris. The Polish premiere took place on 25 November at the Baltic Opera. The opera’s music director is Wojciech Michniewski, its director – Marek Weiss, with stage design by Hanna Szymczak, choreography by Izadora Weiss, and lighting by Piotr Miszkiewicz. Starring in the premiere were Anna Mikołajczyk as Maria Skłodowska-Curie, Paweł Skałuba as Pierre Curie, Tomasz Rak as Paul Langevin and Leszek Skrla as Einstein. The soloists were accompanied by the Choir and Orchestra of the Baltic Opera under Wojciech Michniewski. Electro-acoustic fragments were composed by Elżbieta Sikora in cooperation with Diego Losa at INA/GRM, Paris. The opera celebrated the International Year of Chemistry 2011 and the centenary of Maria Skłodowska-Curie’s Nobel Prize, as part of the Foreign Cultural Programme of the Polish Presidency in the EU Council.
In 2012 the opera received a nomination to the Polish music industry awards Koryfeusz Muzyki Polskiej as The Event of the Year.