Grand Theatre National Opera celebrates 201st anniversary of Stanisław Moniuszko’s birth

On May 5th, Poles celebrate the 201st anniversary of Stanisław Moniuszko’s birth. The composer, whose music is closely associated with patriotic folk themes of the nations of the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, is known as the father of Polish national opera. The choir and orchestra of the Grand Theatre National Opera in Warsaw, the country’s oldest (founded in 1833) and most prestigious opera and ballet institution, has honoured Moniuszko’s memory by organising a “home concert” in his name. The performers and the audience alike had to stay home due to the restrictions on gatherings in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak but were able to connect with each other thanks to the internet.