Michał Klauza – conductor, a graduate of Ryszard Dudek’s symphonic and operatic conducting class at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music and of Ilya Musin’s postgraduate class at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in St Petersburg. Since 2015 he has been Artistic Director of the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw. From 2013 to 2015 he was music director of the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic in Białystok, and from 2009 to 2015 second conductor of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR) in Katowice. He has been conductor and deputy music director of the Welsh National Opera in Cardiff (2004–2008). In December 2011 he conducted a concert version of Karol Szymanowski’s Król Roger [King Roger] at the National Opera of Ukraine in Kyiv, prepared as the final event in the Foreign Cultural Programme of the Polish Presidency of the EU Council. He has worked with numerous orchestras at home and abroad. He has appeared in France, Germany, Switzerland, the UK, Italy, Brazil, Armenia, Korea and countries of the Persian Gulf. He has worked with the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow (2016–2022), Baltic Opera, Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz, Teatr Wielki in Poznań and Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera (PNO) in Warsaw (1998–2003), where in 2019 he prepared and conducted the Polish premiere of Benjamin Britten’s opera Billy Budd. His artistic achievements include recordings for radio and television, including the first studio recording of Karol Szymanowski’s operetta Loteria na mężów [The husband lottery] with the NOSPR, released by Polish Radio and nominated for one of the Polish record industry’s Fryderyk awards (2019). His discography includes Szymanowski’s opera Hagith (Polish Radio Orchestra, Fryderyk 2020 award in the Album of the Year (Oratorio and Opera Music) category), symphonic works by Henryk Wars, Stanisław Moniuszko’s Masses and music by Polish composers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In May 2002 he recorded Szymanowski’s King Roger with the PNO. Since 2020 he has worked on the Symphonic and Operatic Conducting Department of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.