"Madame Curie" Opera

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Baltic State Opera

A determined, ambitious, passionate woman in science, awarded two Nobel Prizes (in Physics in 1903 and in Chemistry in 1911), the only woman to have received this prestigious prize twice, Marie Curie, a Franco-Polish key female figure of the twentieth century, is for the first time the heroine of a staged musical performance.
Avoiding a linear account, "Madame Curie" evokes the different facets of this women’s life as a scientist, wife and mother, her ambitions, her emotions and also her doubts and fears. The contemporary musical structure of the opera includes: an overture, orchestral parts, mixed choral music, recitatives, arias and electronic fragments.
The prestigious Gdansk Baltic Opera initiated this ambitious project.
Music: Elżbieta Sikora
- Libretto: Agata Miklaszewska
- Adaptation: Elżbieta Sikora and Gregor Blumstein
- Director: Marek Weiss
- Music director: Wojciech Michniewski
- Set designer: Hanna Szymczak
- Orchestra, choir and soloists from the Gdansk Baltic Opera
- Dancers from the Gdansk Baltic Dance Theatre

The exhibition "The Life and Achievements of Maria Sklodowska-Curie", in front of Room I, accompanies the opera "Madame Curie". It outlines the main events in the life of this renowned researcher through her personal and professional history. Archive photos, fragments of her diary and other rare documents have been put together by the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Museum, the Archives of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Polish Chemistry Society.

The opera "Madame Curie" and the exhibition "The Life and Achievements of Maria Sklodowska-Curie" are presented at UNESCO within the framework of the International Year of Chemistry and the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to Marie Curie.

By invitation, limited seating capacity


Type of Event Special Event
Start 15.11.2011 18:00 local time
End 15.11.2011 20:00 local time
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Focal point BPI
Organizer Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Poland to UNESCO
Contact 01 45 68 29 97, madamecurie2011@gmail.com
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters - Siège de l'UNESCO
Street 7, place de Fontenoy
Room Room I
Permanent Delegation Contact Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Poland to UNESCO
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French
Estimated number of participants
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