This year has been named, by the Polish ministry of culture and cultural heritage, as the year of Stanisław Moniuszko, the outstanding Polish 19th century composer, generally referred to as "the father of Polish national opera".
It was the opera "Halka" which brought him fame, but this is only a fraction of his entire work. His other famous operatic works include Flis (The Raftsman), Hrabina (The Countess), Verbum Nobile, and most importantly Straszny Dwór (The Haunted Manor), Moniuszko’s greatest work, presenting an idyllic view of the life of the Polish nobility.
Moniuszko used to present his works throughout Europe. By many authorities on classical music he was, and is still considered to be, the most outstanding Polish composer, second only to Frederic Chopin.
The celebrations of the 200th anniversary of his birthday are taking place throughout Poland, although perhaps the richest agenda has been prepared by the authorities of West Pomerania.
You can find a detailed calendar of the celebrations on the website dedicated to the composer: