Dominik Beneš

Born in Opava, Dominik Beneš began devoting to theatre at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno, where he studied musical acting for two years under the guidance of Jana Janěková. Subsequently, under the tutelage of Martin Otava and Miloslav Nekvasil, he studied opera direction at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, from which he graduated in 2012 with a production of J. A. Benda‘s singspiel Romeo and Juliet. As a professional director, he debuted with the staging of Bedřich Smetana‘s opera The Secret at the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Plzeň, where he had previously worked as an assistant director. He also directed in Plzeň a production of Jacques Offenbach‘s Les contes d’Hoffmann and staged Gabor Kerek‘s contemporary opera Parody at the Armel international festival. From 2010 to 2014, he worked as a stage director and acting tutor at the Opera Studio of the Plzeň Conservatory, where his accomplishments included both of the intermezzos by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi and Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari‘s Il segreto di Susanna. The latest production he directed prior to his debut at the National Theatre in Prague was that of Gaetano Donizetti‘s comic opera Don Pasquale at the F. X. Šalda Theatre in Liberec.