Znaniecki Michal, director, designer and playwright

Znaniecki Michal, director, designer and playwright

Michal Znaniecki was born in Warsaw where he attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts, subsequently completing his studies in Bologna and Milan.

His directing career began in 1994 with productions in Poland, France, Belgium, Ireland and Italy following by Spain, Israel, Norway, Argentina and Uruguay.
 
He has produced more than 180 new productions of drama, opera and musical in the main theatres and festivals of the world working with the best actors and singers as Placido Domingo, Piotr Beczała or Jose Cura. His eclectic repertoire includes baroque operas and contemporary compositions passing by Mozart, Donizetti, Wagner, Puccini, Bizet, Bartok, Tchajkowskij and Verdi (more than 16 productions; "King Lear"'s - reconstruction included) .
 
As the youngest director of the history he made his debut in Teatro alla Scala in 1994 and followed as the youngest Artistic Director of National Polish Opera in Warsaw and General Manager of Poznan Opera House.
 
For his social projects he was awarded with Golden Medal for social and artistic value by President of Puglia Region. His musicals ("The Producers" and "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde") won several Golden Masks in 2007 and 2009 (between others: the best production of the year and the best director).
 
Author of several open-air megaproductions, as "Otello" and "Elisir d'amore" on the water , "Turandot " and "Ballo in maschera" in the stadium at Wrocław, special projects for Rossini Opera Festival, Cantiere di Montepulciano, Villa Ocampo in Buenos Aires.
 
His Evgenij Oniegin (ABAO ,Bilbao) has received an Award Premios Liricos Teatro Campoamor as the Best New production of the Year 2011 in Spain.
 
Foundator and artistic director of Tigre Water Festival (FOT) and Embassador of European Capital of Culture: Wroclaw 2016 he was awarded by polish minister of culture with Silver Gloria Artis in 2012.

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