Michal Znaniecki, director, was born in Poland. He attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Warsaw and completed his studies in Bologna and Milan. His directing career began in 1994 and he has since directed over 180 new productions of operas, theatre plays and musicals at major festivals and opera houses around the world including in Poland, France, Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Norway, Argentina and Uruguay. His repertoire ranges from the Baroque to contemporary operas including the major works of Mozart, Donizetti, Wagner, Puccini, Bizet, Bartok and Tchaikovsky. He was the youngest director to ever direct in La Scala and also the youngest artistic director of the National Polish Opera in Warsaw and the youngest general director of the Poznan Opera. He has directed several mega open air productions of Otello (Verdi), L'elisir d'amore (Donizetti), Turandot (Puccini) and Un ballo in maschera (Verdi). He was awarded the Golden Medal for social and artistic values by the President of Puglia Region, His productions of the musicals The Producers and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde won several Golden Masks awards. His production of Yevgeny Onegin (Tchaikovsky) in Bilbao won the best new production award in Spain. As founder and artistic director of the Tigre Water Festival (FOT) and Ambassador of European Capital of Culture: Wroclaw 2016 he was awarded the Silver Gloria Artis award. At the Israeli Opera he directed Ernani (Verdi) and will direct La traviata (Verdi) at Masada later this season.