Moniuszko's 200th birth anniversary commemorated in Poland

Moniuszko's 200th birth anniversary commemorated in Poland Wojtek Jargiło/PAP

Concerts, song recitals and opera performances are planned all over Poland on Sunday to commemorate the 200th birth anniversary of composer, conductor and musician Stanisław Moniuszko.

2019 has been officially named by the Sejm (lower house) the Year of Moniuszko since "his operas and songs are the core of Polish vocal music and are often in the repertoire of Poland's greatest singers."

Born on May 5, 1819, Moniuszko, known as the 'Father of Polish National Opera,' was first trained as a pianist. He continued his musical education in Warsaw and Berlin before becoming the Conductor of Polish Operas at Warsaw’s Teatr Wielki. His best known operas are Halka, Flis (The Raftsman), Hrabina (The Countess), Verbum Nobile and Straszny Dwór (The Haunted Manor). Widely recognised as an opera and art song composer, Moniuszko also wrote chamber, ballet, piano, and organ music.