Odio e amore

Karol Kozłowski has been the regular guest of The Baroque Opera Festival Dramma per Musica that is hosted in Warsaw. This year he was invited to perform with an outstanding harpsichordist, native-born in Sicily Marco Vitale. They both created the idea of the chamber concert based on the famous epigram of the Roman poet Catullus – Poem 85:

Odi et amo. Quare id faciam, fortasse requires. Nescio, sed fieri sentio et excrucior.

I hate and I love. How do I do that, perhaps you ask. I don’t know. But I feel it is happening and I am tormented.

The elusive and slight border separating the extreme and opposite human feelings has been always the food of poetry and even more – the main substance of operatic libretti, especially those from the baroque period. Naturally the opera wouldn’t exist without true and full-bodied singers, who sometimes influenced  XVIII century composers even more than the stories full of emotional vibration. It may seem that in the era of castrati domination, the tenor voice was not that much appreciated, but in fact a lot of beautiful and exceptional music has been composed by the major European Baroque composers like Caldara, Hasse, Fux, Pergolesi or Haendel, intended to be performed by the greatest tenors of that time. Such outstanding singers were: Annibale Pio Fabri (for whom  Haendel wrote operatic roles in Partenope, Lotario or Poro), Giovanni Battista Pinacci strongly associated with Hasse and Vinci, and maybe the most interesting singing personality of all three – Francesco Borosini, who is said to have possessed incredibly strong stage personality and unique tenor voice with the extended lower register. It was Borosini, for whom Haendel rewrote some passages in Tamerlano and added new music.

On Thursday, the 14th of September, at 7 pm in the Royal Theatre in Warsaw Łazienki Karol Kozłowski with the chamber ensemble of ancient instruments will sing the arias of Bajazet from Tamerlano and the arias from Lotario and La Resurrezione also by Haendel as well as the arias written by Hasse for Pinaccio from his operas: Arminio i L’Olimpiade.