Capella Cracoviensis Choir

Capella Cracoviensis, an orchestra and a vocal band in one, is among the most interesting formations on the contemporary classical music scene. Their repertoire is very diversified, from Renaissance polyphony to Romantic operas, played on instruments from the epoch and staged with the use of historical performance practice. With unswerving support from the City of Cracow, the band puts its artistic ideas into life in a non-compromising manner, representing the highest global artistic level.

CC is often invited to major festivals and concert halls, such as Bachfest Leipzig, Schwetzingen SWR Festspiele, Händel Festspiele Halle, Haydn Festspiele Brühl, Opéra Royal Versailles, Theater an der Wien, NOSPR Katowice, the Szczecin Philharmonic, and is frequently a guest in Brussels, Ghent, Lvov, Riga, Tallinn, Yerevan, Tbilisi or Kiev.

The band also regularly invites conductors, concertmasters and soloists for guest performances. Among them have already been Evelino Pidó, Christophe Rousset, Alessandro Moccia, Giuliano Carmignola, Paul Goodwin, Andrew Parrott and Paul McCreesh.

The latest recorded albums of CC include Pergolesi’s opera, “Adriano in Siria”, released by the Decca record company (with Franco Fagioli among the soloists / dir.: J.T. Adamus), Te Deum / Lully & Charpentier, recorded at Le Poème Harmonique’s invitation (dir.: Vincent Dumestre) as well as Bach’s motets (dir.: Fabio Bonizzoni) for the Alpha recording company.

It must also be mentioned that on its track record Capella Cracoviensis has several stage versions of operas, including Handel’s “Amadigi”, Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” or Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice”, as well as special projects on stage, such as Monteverdi’s mandrigals in a milk bar, Mendelssohn’s choral songs in a forest or his Midsummer Night’s Dream played with participation of children with sight dysfunctions as actors and, finally, “mozart’s requiem karaoke” directed by Cezary Tomaszewski.

One of the greatest successes of CC was the performance of 27 August 2016, as part of which Beethoven´s complete symphonies were played during one day on historical instruments, with a live radio coverage. 90 instrumentalists, 44 singers and 5 conductors from 14 countries participated in the project, with 2300 people gathered in the audience.

Capella Cracoviensis was established in 1970 on the initiative of the then director of the Cracow Philharmonic, Jerzy Katlewicz, who entrusted the mission to found a band that would specialize in playing early music to Stanisław Gałoński. Over the course of the years, the band has become organizationally independent, playing very diversified repertoire, from the Middle Ages to first performances of contemporary music. Since November 2008 the function of executive and artistic director of CC has been performed by Jan Tomasz Adamus.