Baltic Opera Festival

Based in Tricity on the Polish Baltic Sea coast, the Baltic Opera Festival was founded at the initiative of the prominent Polish bass-baritone Tomasz Konieczny, who came up with the idea to use the remarkable space of the Forest Opera after he gave his first performance at the open-air amphitheatre in Sopot starring in Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold back in 2009. The Festival draws on the town’s pre-war opera festival traditions which earned Sopot the name of the Bayreuth of the North in the 1930s. 

The first edition of the Baltic Opera Festival will take place in July 2023 on the stages of the Forest Opera in Sopot and the Baltic Opera in Gdańsk and feature a programme of new opera productions involving brilliant soloists, conductors and creatives from Poland and across the globe. The Festival also aspires to become a seedbed for international collaborations and diverse educational initiatives.

The 2023 Baltic Opera Festival gives a start to a recurring opera celebration geared towards European music lovers and the wider public. The artistic programme draws on the German repertoire and Polish operatic works. Apart from the main events, the Baltic Opera Festival includes a range of additional attractions, such as opportunities to meet the featured stars and participate in masterclasses.

The newly founded festival is organised by the Baltic Opera Gdańsk and the National Centre for Culture Poland.

The organization of the 1st edition of the Baltic Opera Festival  was co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

Tomasz Konieczny

Tomasz Konieczny – Artistic Director of the Baltic Opera Festival

At its core, the Baltic Opera Festival follows from my dream of making full use of the wonderful possibilities and world-class potential of the Forest Opera in Sopot, an extraordinary open-air venue with a history dating back to 1909.  

Tomasz Konieczny studied acting at the Łódź Film School, followed by vocal studies at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and the Carl Maria von Weber Dresden University of Music under Professor Christian Elßner. He specialises in German music. His extensive career has taken him to the world’s top stages, including: Oper Leipzig, Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Paris Opera, Carnegie Hall, Wiener Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala, National Theatre of Japan in Tokyo, or Bayreuth Festival. In 2019, at the request of the leadership of the Wiener Staatsoper, he received the highest professional award in the German-speaking opera world: the title of the Österreichischer Kammersänger. In 2022, in recognition for his outstanding contribution to the development of Polish culture, he was presented with the Gold Gloria Artis Medal for Merits to Culture by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of Poland.

Honorary Committee

  • Dr Daniel Cichy Director and Editor-in-Chief of PWM Edition
  • Waldemar Dąbrowski General Director of the Polish National Opera, former Polish minister of culture (2002–2005)
  • Peter Gelb General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera in New York
  • Andreas Homoki Director General of the Opernhaus Zürich, opera director
  • Daniel Kotliński opera singer, promoter of culture, educator
  • Jolanta Róża Kozłowska former Polish ambassador in Vienna (2017–2022)
  • Stanisław Leszczyński Deputy Director of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw, Artistic Director of the Chopin and His Europe Festival,
  • Jacek Marczyński music journalist and critic
  • Dominique Meyer CEO and Artistic Director of the Teatro alla Scala, former General Director of the Wiener Staatsoper (2010–2020)
  • Elżbieta Penderecka Founder and President of the Ludwig van Beethoven Association
  • Alexander Pereira Superintendent of the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, former long-standing director of the Opernhaus Zürich, Salzburger Festspiele, Teatro alla Scala
  • Bogdan Roščić General Director of the Wiener Staatsoper
  • Professor Katharina Wagner Director of the Bayreuth Festival
  • Professor Rafał Wiśniewski Director of the National Centre for Culture Poland
  • Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa conductor, composer, former Polish minister of culture (1997–1999), former Director of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (2000–2018)

The Team

  • Organiser - The Baltic Opera in Gdańsk Director Romuald Wicza-Pokojski
  • Organiser - National Centre of Culture Director Rafał Wiśniewski
  • Artistic Director Tomasz Konieczny
  • Director Rafał Kokot
  • Director for the Organization of Artistic Work and Impresario Paweł Marzec
  • Graphic Designer Adam Dudek
  • Main Producer Aleksandra Filipek
  • Producer Łukasz Dobrowolski
  • Producer Izabela Szeląg
  • Head of Communication and PR Marzena Mikosz
  • Head of Promotion and Marketing Katarzyna Gigiewicz
  • Support PR (Austria) Claudia Flekatsch-Kapsamer
  • Support PR (Germany) Peggy Schmidt
  • Support PR (Poland) Agata Ubysz
  • Social Media Kaja Borkowska
  • Social Media Bartosz Jakóbczak
  • Social Media Anna Konopka
  • Coordination of Ticket Sales and Accreditation Kamila Kończak
  • Festival Studio, AV Production, Presenter Dominika Matuszak
  • Festival Studio, AV Production, Presenter Leszek Bonar
  • Camera and Video Editing Kamil Frontczak
  • Editing the Festival Book Iwona Witkowska
  • DTP Maciej Sawicki
  • Translation Monika Tacikowska
  • Translation Joanna Dutkiewicz
  • Translation Anna Tompson


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Honorary Patron

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