Opera i Filharmonia Podlaska Europejskie Centrum Sztuki w Białymstoku




Director, writer, teacher and actor. Debuted in Bytom Opera in 1987 directing "Rigoletto" by G. Verdi, and since then became famous by over 80 original productions of opera performances. These include many works by G. Verdi, including "Othello", "Il Trovatore", "Falstaff", "Power of Destiny", "Nabucco", "La Traviata", "Rigoletto", "Requiem" and three productions of "Phantoms" by S. Moniuszko, including the famous version prepared for the International Wratislavia Cantans. Among his theatrical productions involving hundreds of performers was the "Carmina Burana" by C. Orff, which in 2009 was granted four the most important Golden Masks (e.g. for writing, directing and staging). He specializes in great performances – he is the author of the largest in the history of staging opera "The Haunted Manor" by S. Moniuszko performed at the Centennial Hall in Wrocław and considered "the most outstanding staging of the Year 2001". Three years later, he created for the The Lviv Theatre of Opera and Ballet the first in the post-war history version of the piece performed in Polish by Ukrainian artists on the occasion of the Polish Year in Ukraine. His monumental super productions prepared with a flourish used new multimedia and television technologies (such as "Carmen", "Il Trovatore") and were watched by tens of thousands of spectators. He successfully directs musicals, operettas and musical comedies. He is an author of several staged concerts and gala. He is also director of lights, applying best technical solutions. His performances are hosted at national and international festivals. In 1993-1994, he took the post of artistic director of the Wrocław Opera. He inaugurated the Chamber Scene of Wrocław Opera in Szczaw Zdrój, which was later transformed into the Silesian Chamber Opera. It is here that he realized the program of small, chamber opera performances ("Italian Girl in Algiers" by G. Rossini and "Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht/ Kaffeekantate – Be still, stop chattering/ Coffee Cantat) by JS Bach, which was a great success). Over the last 25 years he created nearly 100 theatrical, opera, film and television productions. During the times of his management (2007-2011) the Wrocław Puppet Theatre staged 53 premieres and became an attractive place on the cultural map of the city visited by one hundred thousand people each year. He was invited to cooperate with prominent artists of the Polish scene. He managed to change the perception of puppet theater, as targeted exclusively to young audiences (e.g. „Pastorale” by L. Schiller which gained great critical acclaim). He created the performances dedicated to the youngest 2- or 3-year-old children (e.g. the astonishing „Hansel and Gretel" by J. Brzechwa). His "Bajkobus" which is a modern touring theater stage (copy of the neo-baroque Wrocław Puppet Theatre building) placed on the top of the automotive platform, was considered to be most important Art Theatre Event of the Year 2009 and published by "Gazeta Wyborcza" as “the Firework of the Year”. The artist’s projects went beyond traditional puppet theater. He searched for unconventional theater space. He is known for the implementation of interdisciplinary cultural and educational projects. He initiated the professional publishing activities in the Wrocław Puppet Theatre – thanks to him the Polish translation of "Das Narrenschiff" by S. Brant was published for the first time. One of his initiatives was to restore to life the Garden of Old Town in Wrocław and to create the first in Poland theatre stage in and on the water in the Aquapark Wrocław where more than 70 performances where presented achiving great popularity (e.g. amazing „Sharks in the swimming pool”). He was a lecturer at the Academy of Music in Poznań, the State Higher School of Theatre in Kraków. He conducted masterclasses at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (Scenography Department). In 2011 he received an extraordinary unprecedented proposal to convert from The Podlasie Philharmony into The Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic – European Art Centre in Białystok, thus to create the complately new institution and to project its new multifaceted activity in a new formula. Thanks to him, the institution was equipped with the most modern lightning and sounding devices (at the beginning this equipment was not included into the project). Furthermore, he projected there the multimedia studio. That is why, The Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic – European Art Centre in Białystok is able to make film and television recordings, to register the performances and then to make live transmissions by television or over the internet. It is also the only institution in Poland supplied with CULUX 2011 system which serves to create the multimedia and virtual theatrical scenery. On the other hand, he initiated the innovative educational programmes in The Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic – European Art Centre in Białystok (the „Korczak” project under the patronage of The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization was awarded the Greatest Historical Event 2012). Those days, The Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic – European Art Centre in Białystok is the most modern and active cultural centre to the east of Berlin. He realized here three great and spectacular performances – two of them in the frame of the inauguration of the institution’s new building: the opera „The Haunted Manor” by S. Moniuszko and the musical „Korczak” by Ch. Williams – awarded The Jan Kiepura Music Theatre Award and titled the best theatrical performance of the year 2012. Thanks to his excellent management, The Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic – European Art Centre was visited by the a record number of more than two hundred thousand people during one year. Winner of many awards, including Wrocław Theatre Awards, the Golden Mask and Hebel Award. One of the most respected managers of culture.


Otello – Wrocław Opera House
Falstaff – The Grand Theatre in Poznań (touring Germany, Switzerland)
Il trovatore (Troubadour) – Wrocław Opera House (Taiwan and Germany tour, festival opera in Xanten)
La forza del destino (The Force of Destiny) – the Grand Theatre in Poznań (touring Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Denmark), the second version of the performance at the Grand Theatre in Łódź
Nabucco – Wrocław Opera House (touring Germany, the United Kingdom, Taiwan)
La Traviata – Wrocław Opera House (touring Germany, Luxembourg)
Rigoletto – Silesian Opera in Bytom (touring Germany, Italy)
Rigoletto – The Grand Theatre in Poznań (new production)
Requiem – The staging of the funeral mass - Wrocław Opera House

Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) – The Grand Theatre in Łódź (tour of the Netherlands, Germany)
Der Schauspieldirektor (The Impresario) – The Grand Theatre in Poznań (diploma performance of students of the Academy of Music in Poznań)
Bastien und Bastienne (Bastien and Bastienne) – The Grand Theatre in Poznań (with the participation of the Choir of Polish Nightingales) (tour of Japan, Hong-Kong)

Il turco in Italia (The Turk in Italy) – The Grand Theatre in Poznań (tour of Switzerland, Germany)
L'italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers) – Opera House (resume with a new director)

L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love) – The Grand Theatre in Łódź (tour of Holland) - Golden Mask in 1999 for the best performance of the season
Don Pasquale – The Grand Theatre in Łódź

Samson et Dalila (Samson and Delilah) – Opera House

Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann) – The Grand Theatre in Poznań

Il mondo della luna (The World on the Moon) – The Grand Theatre in Poznań (premiere: Rotterdamse Schouwburg; tour of the Netherlands)

S. MONIUSZKO – five different versions:
Straszny dwór (Haunted Manor) – Wrocław Mega Opera House - production in the Centennial Hall
Straszny dwór (Haunted Manor) – S. Krushelnytska Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Lviv (Ukraine)
Straszny dwór (Haunted Manor) – Musical Theatre in Lublin. Kurier Lubelski Award for Artistic Event of the season 2004/2005
Straszny dwór (Haunted Manor) – performance by students of the Academy of Music in Poznań
Straszny dwór (Haunted Manor) – The Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic – European Art Centre in Białystok

S. MONIUSZKO – three different versions:
Widma (Phantoms) – the State Opera Wrocław (for Wratislavia Cantans)
Widma (Phantoms) – great staging on Moniuszko Festival in Kudowa
Widma (Phantoms) – Dramatic Theatre in Jelenia Gora

La serva padrona (The Servant Turned Mistress) – Silesian Chamber Opera

Il maestro finito – (two performances connected – La serva padrona and Il maestro di cappella) Silesian Opera in Bytom
La cappella padrona – (two performances connected – La serva padrona and Il maestro di cappella) the Grand Theatre in Poznań (tour Germany)
La cappella padrona – The performance of Students of the Academy of Music in Poznań

L'impresario in angustie (Impresario in Distress) – The Grand Theatre in Łódź

Die Feuersbrunst (Fire) – Opera puppet of Wrocław Puppet Theatre and Wrocław Philharmonic (Orchestra Leopoldinum)

(The Maple Brothers) – Grand Theatre in Poznań (world premiere)

L'enfant et les sortilèges: Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties (The Child and the Spells: A Lyric Fantasy in Two Parts) – student show of the Academy of Music in Poznań

The Little Sweep – Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz
Let's Make an Opera! The Little Sweep – The Grand Theatre in Łódź

C. ORFF – two different productions
Carmina Burana – Wrocław Opera House mega-production in the Centennial Hall in Wrocław (touring Germany, Luxembourg, Witz, guest appearances in Xanten)
Carmina Burana – Silesian Opera in Bytom (show received four Golden Mask including the staging and directing, and was declared Performance of the Year)
Carmina Burana – Mega-production with the use of multimedia in Spodek, Katowice in Silesia, the Congress of Culture

Gianni Schicchi – Chopin Manor Duszniki Zdrój

G. BIZET – two different productions:
Carmen – Premiere at the Opera Festival in Xanten
Carmen – Wrocław Opera House (the Centennial Hall in Wrocław)

Goose Game – Arena Hall in Poznań. All performers, soloists, choir, ballet and orchestra are students of art schools in Poznań.

J. STRAUSS – two different productions:
Die Fledermaus (The Bat) – Musical Theatre in Gdynia
Die Fledermaus (The Bat) – The Grand Theatre in Łódź

Chicago – The Musical Theatre in Wrocław

Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht (Kaffeekantate) / Be still, stop chattering (Coffee Cantat)
– Silesian Chamber Opera
Cantatas – Bauernkantate (Peasant Cantata) / Kaffee-Kantate (Cantata about coffee)
– Opera House (two tours – Germany)
Die Kunst des Todes (Funeral Cantata Nr.21) – Franciscan Church in Poznań


ŚPIEW MASEK (SINGING MASKS) – Drama Theatre in Legnica for Legnica Cantat festival
MUZYKA QUEEN (MUSIC QUEEN) – original musical with the songs of the legendary rock band Queen. Musical Theatre in Gdynia
OPERA W KRAKOWIE? (OPERA IN KRAKÓW? )– Show on the occasion of 45th anniversary of the Kraków Opera. Theatre. J. Slovak
KTO CHCIAŁ PORWAĆ EURYDYKĘ? (Who wanted to kidnap Euridice?) – Musical comedy based on themes from J. Offenbach’s operetta, Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz




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