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Michał Klauza

Michał Klauza

photo: Michał Heller OiFP


Michał Klauza

Michał Klauza is the Artistic Director of the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra and, as of April 2016, guest conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, where he produced and conducted first performances of Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” and Weinberg’s “The Idiot”.

From 2013 to 2015 Michał Klauza was the music director of the Podlaska Opera and Philharmonic. Apart from conducting concerts of symphonic music, he also directed first performances of Verdi’s “Traviata”, Mozart’s “Magic Flute” and Bizet’s “Carmen”. He also held the post of second conductor of the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra (2009–2015) and conductor and deputy music director of the Welsh National Opera in Cardiff (2004–2008). It was there he directed, among others, Verdi’s “Rigoletto”, “Il Trovatore”, “Aida”, “Falstaff” and “Othello”, Lehár’s “The Merry Widow” (the performance was recorded by BBC Television), “Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” and “Don Giovanni” and Puccini’s “La Bohème”.  Before then Klauza worked as conductor in Teatr Wielki – the National Opera in Warsaw (1998–2003).

The artist appeared in, among others, the Royal Opera House in London (Jabri’s “Cities of Salt”) and in the National Opera of Ukraine in Kiev (Szymanowski’s “King Roger”). He worked together with the Baltic Opera (R. Strauss’ “Salome” the “Magic Flute”, Fleischmann/ Shostakovich’s “Rothschild’s Violin” Shostakovich/ Meyer’s “The Gamblers”), Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz (Berlioz’ “Damnation of Faust”) and with Teatr Wielki in Poznań (“Aida”, “Die Fledermaus”).

Michał Klauza played with many orchestras in Poland and abroad, including the National Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, with most Polish symphony orchestras, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Orchestra of the Beethoven Academy, the National Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Federation and with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra.

Klauza’s output includes a number of recordings for radio and television, including the first recording of Szymanowski’s operetta “The Lottery for Husbands” with the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra and a performance of “King Roger” with the ensembles of Teatr Wielki – the National Opera for Polish Radio.

Michał Klauza graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw in the conducting class of Ryszard Dudek and completed a two-year post-graduate course in the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg under the tutelage of Ilya Musin. He also attended conducting courses led by Kurt Redel (Rome, 1996) and Valery Gergiev (Rotterdam, 1997).