Jan Chalupecký

He graduated from the Prague Conservatory (specialization cello), started his professional artistic path as a member of the orchestra and eventually conductor of the Prague Chamber Opera in the years 1990-93. In the 1993/1994 season he has started to work in the National Theater in Prague as the assistant of conductor Zdeněk Košler, with whom he studied the opera of Antonín Dvořák, The Jacobin. From 1994 he was progressively featured in the National Theatre as the conductor of Smetana’s operas The Bartered Bride and Dalibor, Dvořák’s Rusalka and The Devil and Kate, Janáček’s Jenůfa and The Excursions of Mr. Brouček, Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte and La clemenza di Tito, Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Verdi’s Rigoletto and La traviata. He has taken up the musical study of Verdi’s Macbeth, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and successful modern opera by Martin Smolka, Nagano. With the opera ensemble of the National Theatre he also appeared in foreign tours in Japan (Die Zauberflöte, Le nozze di Figaro), Hong Kong (Rusalka, Jenůfa), Slovakia (Le nozze di Figaro) and Hungary (Le nozze di Figaro). Besides working in the National Theatre he also cooperates as a guest with other ensembles – with the Mozart Opera, Prague State Opera, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Moravian Philharmonic, the Brno State Philharmonic, and the Prague Chamber Philharmonic, between 1997 and 1999 he was a chief conductor of the Plzeň Philharmonic. He studied for the festival Loket cultural summer open-air productions of the operas Rusalka, Verdi’s Nabucco and Rigoletto, and Bizet’s Carmen. Update: October 2007