Michał Klauza

Artistic director of the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw; in the years 2016–2022 – guest conductor at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre, where he prepared and conducted the premieres of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and Weinberg’s The Idiot, as well as conducting spectacles of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Shostakovich’s Katerina Izmailova.

In 2019 he prepared and conducted the Polish premiere of Britten’s Billy Budd at the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera. Previously he had been the music director of Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic (2013–2015), where he conducted, apart from symphonic concerts, also the premieres of Verdi’s Traviata, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and Bizet’s Carmen; second conductor of the NOSPR Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice (2009–2015); conductor and deputy music director of the Welsh National Opera in Cardiff (2004–2008), where he staged Bizet’s Carmen, Verdi’s Rigoletto, Il trovatore, Aida, Otello, and Falstaff (with Bryn Terfel in the title role), Lehár’s The Merry Widow (recorded by BBC TV), Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni, as well as Puccini’s La Bohème.

At the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera in Warsaw he held the post of conductor in 1998–2003. He has guest-conducted at, among others, London’s Royal Opera House (Jabri’s Cities of Salt) and the National Opera of Ukraine in Kiev (concert version of Szymanowski’s King Roger). His collaborations include the Baltic Opera (R. Strauss’s Salome, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Fleischmann’s Rothschild’s Violin, and Shostakovich / Meyer’s The Gamblers), Bydgoszcz Opera Nova (Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust), and the Grand Theatre in Poznań (Verdi’s Aida, J. Strauss’s Die Fledermaus).

He has led orchestras in Poland and abroad, including the NOSPR, Warsaw Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, most of Polish philharmonic and music academy orchestras, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Beethoven Academy Orchestra, the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Federation, and Moscow Philharmonic (2002).

He has given concerts in France, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Italy, Brazil, Armenia, Korea, and the Persian Gulf. His numerous recordings for the radio and television include Polish Radio releases of two of Szymanowski’s stage works: Lottery for Husbands (a Fryderyk 2019 nomination) and Hagith (Fryderyk Award for the best opera album, 2020).

Klauza has been on the faculty of Warsaw’s Chopin University of Music, Chair of Symphony and Opera Conducting, since 2020.

Fot. Michał Heller, Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic
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