Chief-conductor of the Opera
Currently the chief-conductor of the Czech National Opera in Prague (appointed in August 2012).
Born in Brno, Czech Republic, he graduated from the Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts (Brno), Czech Republic, in chorus and orchestra conducting. Since 1992 he has been working with the Janacek Opera (National Theatre) in Brno, as a chorus master, conductor, principal conductor and artistic director (2001/3, touring Japan twice ). Since 1999 he has been a regular guest conductor at the State Opera in Prague and since 2002 also at Prague National Theatre Opera. In 2004/6 he was the music director of the Slovak National Theatre (Bratislava), and now he works as a permanent guest conductor there.
He has conducted more than 30 operas including Handel´s Alcina and Britten´s Peter Grimes, he speciliazes in Janacek´s works and has conducted most of them. He is frequently a guest conductor of major orchestras and festivals both at home and abroad. He gets invited as a jury member to conductor and vocal competitions, and externally works as a lecturer at the Music Department of the Academy of Performing Arts (VŠMU) in Bratislava.
In December 2008 he largely contributed to a successful joint production of Gluck's Orfeo and Eurydice for Slovak National Theatre and Teatr Vielki Warsawa by musical preparation. In 2009 he prepared and conducted Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin in the National Theatre, Brno and the new production of Dvořák's Rusalka in the Greek National Opera in Athens. In August 2010 he worked on the first Danish performance of Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s opera Die tote Stadt at the Danish National Theatre.
Recently he has prepared among others the new production of Rusalka at the Theatre Bonn (Germany) and at the New National Theatre Tokyo. Future engagements include, e.g. new productions of Verdi´s Vespri Siciliani for National Theatre in Brno and Don Carlo for National Theatre in Prague (2013) and returning to NNT Tokyo with a new production of Korngold´s Die tote Stadt (2014).