Head Dramaturg of Opera. Ondřej Hučín was born in 1972. He studied theatrology at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague. From 1992 to 1994 he worked as a dramaturgy lecturer in the drama section of the National Theatre, in 1995 and 1996 as assistant director of the record company Supraphon, and between 1996 and 2003 as theatre historian at the Cabinet for Study of Czech Theatre at Prague’s Theatre Institute. At that time, he also devoted to theatre reviewing (writing in, for example, the newspapers Divadelní noviny, Lidové noviny, the magazines Svět a divadlo, Divadlo v medzičase, Revolver revue, Yorick, etc.) and contributed to several books (Czech Theatres – An Encyclopaedia of Theatre Ensembles, The Last Season?, Suede and Chromium). From 2001 to 2007 he worked as a dramaturge, stage director and assistant director in the opera section of the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Pilsen. Together with Petr Kofroň, the former artistic director of the opera section, he transformed the Pilsen opera into a modern and alterative stage (Giuseppe Verdi: La traviata, Antonín Dvořák: The Devil and Kate). As a dramaturge, he has collaborated with a number of stage directors, among them Jiří Heřman, Martin Čičvák, Jiří Pokorný and Daniel Balatka, whose productions have won great acclaim, with some of them receiving prestigious awards, for instance: The Bartered Bride (stage director D. Balatka) – Prize for the best production of the Opera 2003 festival; The Flying Dutchman (stage director J. Heřman) – Prize of Sazka and Divadelní noviny for the best stage direction. With the Pilsen Opera, he participated in two tours of Japan (2003 and 2005), within the first one receiving accolades for his own production of Verdi’s La Traviata. His collaboration with the stage director Jiří Heřman also continued beyond the Pilsen Opera: in 2004 he co-created the production of Michal Nejtek and Francesco Micieli’s modern scenic composition Lamenti, and one year later the staging of Benjamin Britten’s opera Curlew River. In 2007-2011 Ondřej Hučín was the chief dramaturge of the National Theatre Opera. Since August 2013, he has been the dramaturge of the National Theatre Opera and the State Opera.
Update: September 2013