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ABOUT THE THEATER History

The first opera opening in £σdΌ was possible thanks to great efforts expended by the members of Stowarzyszenie Przyjaciσ³ Opery (Friends of the Opera Association) - W³adys³aw Raczkowski, Tomasz Kiesewetter and Mieczys³aw Drobner. The premiere of The Haunted Manor directed by Jerzy Merunowicz and conducted by W³adys³aw Raczkowski took place on 18 October 1954 on the stage of Teatr Nowy in £σdΌ. It was the first show prepared by the company of the Lodz Opera, officially recognized by the National Council since 1 July 1954. Sabina Nowacka became the first general director and Mieczys³aw Drobner was the first artistic director.

On 1 January 1961, the opera was nationalized by a resolution of the National Council and a directive from 23 August 1966 changed its name to Grand Theater in £σdΌ. The building at Plac D±browskiego became the home of the opera on 19 January 1967. The first general director of the theater was Stanis³aw Piotrowski and the first artistic director was Zygmunt Latoszewski. Bohdan Lotoczko, an outstanding musician and conductor, who was managing the theater from 1977 to 1979, combining the functions of the general and artistic director.

Since the very beginning of its activity, the Grand Theater has been the organizer and the host of an international event called £σdΌ Ballet Festival. The most eminent ballet companies of the world participated in the festival, including: Maurice Bιjart's Ballet du XXe Siècle, Nederlands Dans Theater, Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet, Ballet Rambert, Balet Nacional de Cuba Alicia Alonso, Batsheva Dance Company, Cullberg Ballet, Elisa Monte Dance Company, Boris Eifman's Ballet of St. Petersburg, John Neumeier's Ballet. £σdΌ Ballet Festival is held every other year.

The vast repertoire of the Grand Theater includes ballet and opera classics: Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Aida, Traviata, Carmen, The Magic Flute, The Nutcracker, but contemporary works also play an important part in the artistic program. Our theater hosted Polish premieres of Akhnaten by Philip Glass or The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Michael Nyman. This combination of tradition and modernity creates the unique character of the Grand Theater in £σdΌ. (http://www.operalodz.com/en/o_teatrze.php)

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