Babińska, Natalia International Festival of Contemporary Music Warsaw Autumn

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Opera director and educator. She graduated with honours from Warsaw’s Academy of Music and the Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art (NADA). She has directed several dozen productions, including Nights of Scheherazade (2004, NADA), Stanisław Moniuszko’s “Vilnius” Halka (2010, Grand Theatre – Polish National Opera in Warsaw), Demetrio (2012, Grand Theatre in Poznań), Magic Flute (2012, Grand Theatre in Poznań), Halka (2013, Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz), Balladyna (2013, Polish Theatre in Bielsko-Biała), The Barber of Seville (2014, Grand Theatre in Łodź), Countess Maritza (2014, Szczecin Opera at the Castle), Rigoletto (2014, Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz), The Least Probable Story (2015, Szczecin Opera at the Castle), The Turn of the Screw (2016, Szczecin Opera at the Castle), the meta-opera PROGRAMME V (2018, NOSPR; 2019, Warsaw Autumn), The Haunted Manor (2019, Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz), and L’Incoronazione di Poppea (2022, Polish Royal Opera). She has written music for four theatrical shows, television and radio dramas, as well as TV series; ten scripts for the theatre, children’s theatre, and films.

Her artistic achievements have been recognised with a number of accolades, including the Golden Mask for The Barber of Seville (2014), and Jan Kiepura Music Theatre Award for best director and best show for The Turn of the Screw (2017). 

Natalia Babińska has for many years cooperated as a teacher with art academies and universities throughout Poland (including the Poznań and Łódź Academies of Music, Warsaw’s Chopin University of Music, and NADA) as well as conducting regular classes at Warsaw’s State Music School Complex no. 1. She is also passionately involved in building artistic competences in amateurs.