Stanisław Moniuszko

Stanisław Moniuszko (; May 5, 1819, Ubiel, Minsk Governorate – June 4, 1872, Warsaw, Congress Poland) was a Polish composer, conductor and teacher. He wrote many popular art songs and operas, and his music is filled with patriotic folk themes of the peoples of the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (predominantly the Poles, Lithuanians and Belarusians). Since the 1990s Stanisław Moniuszko is being recognized in Belarus as an important figure of Belarusian culture. Moniuszko's operas are regularly performed at the Belarusian National Opera. There is a Museum of Stanisław Moniuszko.

He is generally referred to as "the father of Polish national opera".


Moniuszko's series of twelve song books is also notable, containing songs to the words of Adam Mickiewicz, Antoni Edward Odyniec, and Józef Ignacy Kraszewski.

An English version of Straszny dwór (The Haunted Manor) was created and premiered by the student operatic society at Bristol university in 1970; this version has been performed since, specifically in 2001 by Opera South, which company also presented the world premiere of a specially created new English version of Verbum Nobile in 2002.