Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle, Metropolitan Opera, Polish National Opera (detail) View full image

Mariusz Treliński

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Mariusz Treliński, whose visual work seduces, combines beautiful lighting, immersive videos (populated with striking undulating and magical effects) and ingeniously simple sets mounted on a turntable

Le Monde, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Opéra de Lyon

A benchmark production...a hallucinatory nightmare...Treliński walks the razor’s edge between the explicit and the implied, and he does it so well that we are soon unsure of what we have seen. Did that wallpaper just move? Is that a vision of Christ or a demon? Is she mad, or are we? A heady mix of drugs and psychosis in an underworld of glittery perversion sucks us all into Renata’s vortex

Financial Times, The Fiery Angel, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence

A successful return to the stage for La Monnaie with Die tote Stadt, an explosive production served by a flamboyant cast

Le Soir, Die tote Stadt, La Monnaie

...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, Tristan und Isolde, Metropolitan Opera

Director Mariusz Treliński brings both classical and contemporary aesthetics to opera productions, his background as a film director informing unique cinematic interpretations of the repertoire. He receives frequent invitations from prestigious opera houses across the world and has served as Artistic Director of Polish National Opera since 2008.


  • Artistic Director, Polish National Opera

Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Opéra de Lyon

Britten: Peter Grimes, Polish National Opera, Detroit Opera, The Israeli Opera

Verdi: La forza del destino, Polish National Opera, Metropolitan Opera

Hindemith: Cardillac, Polish National Opera, Teatro Real, Madrid

Korngold: Die tote Stadt, La Monnaie, Brussels

Moniuszko: Halka, Theater an der Wien, Polish National Opera

Prokofiev: The Fiery Angel, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Polish National Opera

Korngold: Die tote Stadt, Polish National Opera, Lublin CSK

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, Metropolitan Opera, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Polish National Opera, NCPA Beijing

Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle, Metropolitan Opera, Polish National Opera

Tchaikovsky: Iolanta, Metropolitan Opera, Polish National Opera, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Mariinsky Theatre, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Adès: Powder Her Face, La Monnaie, Polish National Opera

Strauss: Salome, Národní divadlo Prague, Polish National Opera

Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer, Polish National Opera

Verdi: La traviata, Polish National Opera, Savonlinna Opera Festival

Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame, Staatsoper Berlin, Polish National Opera, Teatr Wielki Łódź, The Israeli Opera

Puccini: La bohème, Polish National Opera, Washington National Opera

Puccini: Turandot, Polish National Opera

Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov, Polish National Opera, Lithuanian National Opera

Henze: Boulevard Solitude, Welsh National Opera

Szymanowski: Król Roger, Polish National Opera

Puccini: Madama Butterfly, Polish National Opera, Mariinsky Theatre, Washington National Opera, The Israeli Opera, Royal Opera House Muscat, Palau de les Arts Valencia, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari

Szymanowski: Król Roger, Opera Wrocławska, Mariinsky Theatre, Edinburgh Festival

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice, Slovak National Theatre, Polish National Opera, The Israeli Opera

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