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Mariusz Treliński

Stage director
Artistic Director, Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera

  • Artistic Director of Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera since 2008, and prolific stage director Mariusz Treliński is known for combining the beauty of classical music with contemporary interpretation and modern aesthetics. His productions have garnered huge acclaim with audiences and critics around the world, from Berlin, Paris, Brussels to Los Angeles, Washington, St. Petersburg, Muscat and New York and he has worked with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Kent Nagano, Lorin Maazel, Valery Gergiev, and Simon Rattle. In 2018 he was awarded the International Opera Award for Best Director.

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  • Treliński’s highlights this season include his debut at Royal Swedish Opera with a new production of King Roger, a co-production with New National Theatre Tokyo as well as a return to the Metropolitan Opera to revive his hugely acclaimed production of Iolanta and Bluebeard’s Castle.

    Recent highlights include a new production of Prokofiev’s Fiery Angel at Teatr Wielki - Opera Narodowa and Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and an anticipated return to Metropolitan Opera where he opened the 16/17 season with his production of Tristan und Isolde, starring Nina Stemme and Stuart Skelton. Other highlights included a new production of Die tote Stadt at Polish National Opera and the Beijing premiere of his Tristan und Isolde.

    An alumnus of the famous Łódź Film School, Treliński began his directing career with his television debut, Zad Wielkiego Wieloryba. He presented his cinematic feature debut, Farewell to Autumn based on Witkacy’s prose, at the Venice Film Festival in 1990. The award-winning picture was one of the most celebrated Polish film productions of the 1990s. In 1993–1996 he directed A Gentle Woman based on Dostoyevsky’s short story ‘A Gentle Creature’ (an award-winner of the Moscow festival and the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia).

    Treliński’s opera debut came in 1996 when the Warsaw Autumn Festival commissioned him to direct Elżbieta Sikora’s one-act Heartsnatcher based on the prose of Boris Vian, subsequently staged at the Pompidou Centre in Paris. In 1999 he premiered his famous production of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly at the Polish National Opera. This production saw the beginning of a long standing collaboration with stage designer Boris Kudlička and marked the start of Treliński’s international career – subsequently presented in Washington, St. Petersburg, Valencia, and Tel Aviv. Further productions in Warsaw include Szymanowski’s King Roger, Verdi’s Otello, Tchaikovsky’s Onegin, and Mozart’s Don Giovanni (revived in Los Angeles), a production that brought Treliński the Cyprian Kamil Norwid Art Critic Award. In 2001 he received the Karol Szymanowski Award for his King Roger; he was also given a Paszport Polityki award for ‘modern, intelligent opera productions that speak to contemporary audiences’. He then went on to direct The Queen of Spades by Tchaikovsky at Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden, a production conducted by Daniel Barenboim with Plácido Domingo as Herman. In 2006, Teatr Monthly awarded him the Konrad Swinarski Prize for directing Andrea Chénier and La bohème at the Polish National Opera. A year later, he staged a new production of King Roger at the Mariinsky Theatre, with Valery Gergiev, later presented at the Edinburgh Festival. Further productions include Treliński’s famed version of Verdi’s La Traviata (2010), drawing on Bob Fosse’s film All That Jazz, Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov in Vilnius (premiered at the Polish National Opera in 2009) and Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice at the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava (a co-production with the Polish National Opera), which critics hailed as the ‘most engaging production’ ever shown on Slovakia’s national stage. His next projects included Puccini’s Turandot (Polish National Opera 2011), Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman (Polish National Opera 2012), Puccini’s Manon Lescaut (Polish National Opera 2012) and Henze’s Boulevard Solitude, a co-production with La Monnaie and the Welsh National Opera.

    In January 2015 he made a widely acclaimed debut at the Metropolitan Opera with Iolanta/Bluebeard’s Castle starring Anna Netrebko and Nadja Michael, for which he was subsequently nominated for an International Opera Award as Best Director. Further projects that season included Powder Her Face (Polish National Opera and La Monnaie), for which he received Prix de L’Europe Francophone by Association Professionnelle de la Critique Théâtre, Musique et Danse; Salome (Prague State Opera and Polish National Opera); Tristan and Isolde (Baden-Baden and Polish National Opera); and Iolanta at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino festival at Opera di Firenze.

    Recent highlights include a new production of Die Tote Stadt at Polish National Opera and a new Tristan und Isolde, co-produced by the Metropolitan Opera, Baden-Baden Festspielhaus and the National Centre for the Performing Arts Beijing.

    2018-19 season / 750 words. Not to be altered without permission.


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Elżbieta Sikora Heartsnatcher
Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music

Puccini Madame Butterfly
Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera / Washington National Opera (2001, 2006) / Mariinsky Theatre (2005) / Israeli Opera Tel Aviv YAFO (2008) / Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia di Valencia (2009) / Teatro Lirico de Cagliari (2011)

Szymanowski King Roger
Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera

Verdi Otello
Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera

Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin
Teatr Wielki Opera Narodowa / Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia di Valencia (2011) / Teatro Communale di Bologna (2014)

Mozart Don Giovanni
Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera / Los Angeles Opera (2003, 2007) / Opera Wrocławska (2011)

Tchaikovsky The Queen of Spades
Berliner Staatsoper / Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera (2004) / Grand Theatre Łódź (2010) / Israeli Opera Tel Aviv YAFO (2010)

Giordano Andrea Chénier
Poznań Opera House / Washington National Opera (2004) / Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera (2005)

Puccini La Bohème 
Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera / Washington National Opera (2007)

Szymanowski King Roger
Wrocław Opera / Mariinsky Theatre (2008) / Edinburgh International Festival (2008) 

Mussorgsky Boris Godunov
Lithuanian National Opera & Ballet / Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera (2008)

Gluck Orfeo ed Euridice
Slovak National Theatre / Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera (2009) / Israeli National Opera Tel Aviv YAFO (2012)

Rachmaninov / Tchaikovsky Aleko & Iolanta
Mariinsky Theatre / Baden-Baden Festspiele (2009)

Verdi La traviata
Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera / Savonlinna Opera Festival (2013) / Savonlinna Opera Festival (2015) 

Puccini Turandot
Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera 

Wagner Flying Dutchman
Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera

Puccini Manon Lescaut
Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera / La Monnaie (2013) / Welsh National Opera (2014)

Tchaikovsky / Bartók Iolanta & Bluebeard's Castle
Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera / Metropolitan Opera (2015)

Henze Boulevard Solitude
Welsh National Opera

Strauss Salome
Národní divadlo / Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera (2016)

Thomas Adès Powder Her Face
Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera / La Monnaie (2015)

Wagner Tristan und Isolde
Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera / Baden-Baden Festspiele (2016) / Metropolitan Opera (2017) / National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing (2017)

Many elements of the production by the innovative Polish director Mariusz Trelinski, in his Met debut, were compelling.

New York Times

The powerful new production of Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” by Mariusz Treliński, which opened the Metropolitan Opera season on Monday, demonstrates a significant change in the house style since the last one, which was unveiled in 1999…Mr. Treliński’s take is more theatrical. It tells the story in detail, using multiple spaces and video, and inserting some extra psychological layers along with an updated setting, which gives the excellent performers something to work with and keeps the audience engaged.

Wall Street Journal

Treliński casts off the Biblical framework of the piece and plugs it into the modern era, holding a mirror up to contemporary fears and anxieties. The result is profound and unsettling, a deliberate and highly effective provocation.


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