Maybe you have already asked yourselves what Opera is:
a meeting point
a mirror reflecting the truth about ourselves...
Do you feel the magic of this place when looking at the picture?
Do you feel the power of the flashy images
Can you hear the music?
After The Great Division of musical culture into hundreds of styles, genres and sub-genres, there comes the time of New Integration, the time of Hybrids of Culture. The time which was foreseen by an outstanding Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz a half of the century ago. As much as people might be bewildered by the distance in between e.g. classical music and metal, segmenting art into “fine” and “low”, we’ll soon have to welcome The New Audience who would have no prejudice against these genres, who will be ready to appreciate the beauty, the genius and truth that make the masterpiece, not only the label. Wasn't it the hidden message behind the words of Richard Strauss in his Opera Ariadne auf Naxos?
I believe we will soon welcome a truly fascinating time in our culture. I believe that all kinds of different genres - musical, multimedia, audiovisual arts - will soon unite. I believe we will soon witness the Renaissance of Opera as a new meeting point for those who seek to sanctify the truth about their lives and those who want to experience it together.
My true yearning -
the one that compensates the pain, effort and loneliness of being a conductor -
is meeting people who disagree with
relegating music and Opera to a historic niche
and who are ready to face challenges of the new epoch.
Who am I?
I’m composed of all the people I’ve met
those, who left their traces in my heart
when we shared
music which have been flowing through them
is now flowing through me...
I thank them with all my heart!
Within the scope of the traditional mainstream, I work as a conductor
with opera ensembles,
symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras
and dance theatre groups.
I perform classical repertoire
ranging from the early music to contemporary pieces,
but I also like to reach for
less frequently played, newly discovered or premiere pieces.
Within the Hybrids of Culture trend I am a co-creator of
singular and cyclical artistic events,
I both conduct and host speaking concerts
as well as workshops for the audience
introducing them into the world of music, opera and singing.
I search for new ways of
music education for children and the Youth.
An important element of this trend is
the use of music
to promote Peace,
and integrate the excluded,
as well as to create new forms
of communication across language barriers.
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June 2003 – Arie van Lysebeth, The President of Queen Elisabeth Competition
„Dariusz Tabisz is a gifted and sensitive young conductor. His highly professional commitment lends support to his well-established musicianship, qualifying him as a very serious and reliable young artist.”
2 June 2003 – Gustaw Holoubek (after the concert inaugurating The II International Feliks Nowowiejski Organ Competition in Poznań)
„I had an opportunity to meet and cooperate with Mr Tabisz in a series of concerts he organized and conducted. I had a complete appreciation for his commitment, skills and true musical sensitivity.”
6 May 2011 – Marek Weiss – Dziennik Pomorski (a comment before the performance of Salome of R.Strauss in The Baltic Opera)
„I am very happy that a talented conductor Dariusz Tabisz, who cooperated in the musical creation of Salome, is now to stand in for Maestro Florencio to lead the opera (…). The rehearsals before the restaging proved to be imposing. Dariusz Tabisz was so well prepared that he got a long and well- deserved ovation from our orchestra and soloists. I believe that the performances of Salome conducted by him will help The Baltic Opera overcome the crisis with no harm.”
1 April 1999 –Teresa Dorożała – Gazeta Wyborcza (after the memorial concert dedicated to Yehudi Menuhin)
„If Sir Menuhin could listen to the enthusiastic and vigorous performance of the young musicians at his memorial concert in Poznań, he would clap his hands as passionately as the audience assembled in The Jesuit Church.”
9 February 2010 – Andrzej Orłowski – Place de l’Opera (after the premiere performance of Halka of Stanislaw Moniuszko in The Baltic Opera)
„The fabulous ballet and choir deserve special consideration. The choir conductor Dariusz Tabisz created a perfectly coordinated implementation of several rural songs.”
10 March 2011 – Andrzej Orłowski - Place de l’Opera (after the premiere performance of Traviata of G. Verdi in The Baltic Opera)
„The choir (conductor Dariusz Tabisz) was absolutely phenomenal …”
made his opera debut with Salome by Richard Strauss.
From 2008 to 2012 associated with The Baltic State Opera in Gdańsk (Poland), where he held the post of music director (seasons 2010/2011 and 2011/2012), prepared the world premiere of Madame Curie by Elżbieta Sikora (Paris, November 2011) and was nominated for the Gdańsk City Award for Young Artists and Authors.
Graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels – conducting class under Professor Silveer Van den Broeck, counterpoint and fugue class under Madame Kristin De Smedt (diploma with distinction and Patrimonium Prize) and the Academy of Music in Poznań – conducting class under Professor Jerzy Salwarowski.
During his studies he assisted many rehearsals of such conductors as José Maria Florêncio (Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra 2000-2002), Antonio Pappano (Theatre La Monnaie – Brussels 2002), Valery Gergiev (Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest, Mariinsky Theater, London Symphony Orchestra 2006), Philippe Herreweghe (Royal Flemish Philharmonic – Antwerpen 2006).
He comes from Poznań (Poland). His artistic path began in the Choir School in Poznań ran by Jerzy Kurczewski and in Poznań Boys’ Choir “The Polish Nightingales”.
In 1997 he founded the Youth Chamber Orchestra in Poznań. Over a period of five years he gave many concerts with the orchestra, cooperated with renowned Polish artists such as Gustaw Holoubek, Jadwiga Kaliszewska, Bartosz Bryła and Jadwiga Kotnowska. As well as this, he made several radio and television recordings. In 1999, together with the orchestra, he was awarded the Prize of the Polish Association of Choirs and Orchestras.
Dariusz Tabisz has conducted a range of orchestras including Vlaams Radio Orkest, Brussels Chamber Orchestra, Youth Chamber Orchestra YUE, Lower Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra in Jelenia Góra, Orchestra of the Baltic State Opera in Gdańsk, Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra, Toruń Chamber Orchestra and Baroque Orchestra Accademia dell’Arcadia.
Choir conducting is also part of his artistic experience. From 2008 to 2011 he was the chorus master of The Baltic State Opera. Numerous critics lauded him for improving its artistic level and overall sound.
The world premiere of Henry Vars’s Sonatina for the Orchestra dedicated to the memory of Maurice Ravel performed with the Philharmonic Orchestra in Jelenia Góra is one of more prominent among his recent productions.