Music director of the National Theatre Opera
Robert Jindra graduated from the Prague Conservatory’s classical singing course in 1999. He then studied conducting with Miroslav Košler, Jan Kasal and Miriam Němcová. He completed this phase of his schooling in 2003 with a graduation concert, in Němcová’s class, conducting the Prague Conservatory Symphony Orchestra. Since 1999, he has worked regularly with the Children’s Opera Prague (COP), where he has prepared and conducted the following repertoire: Brundibár (Hans Krása), The Opening of the Wells (Bohuslav Martinů), Little Red Riding Hood (Josef Boháč), Games (J.F. Fischer), Czech Christmas Mass (J.J. Ryba), Genii and Children, The Little Mozart, and Little Sweep (Benjamin Britten). Also with COP, he has recorded several complete opera sets on CD. From 2000–2008, he taught at the Prague Conservatory, conducting there his productions of the operas Žižkov Duets (Šimon Voseček), Dido and Aeneas (Henry Purcell), and La clemenza di Tito, Le nozze di Figaro and Die Zauberflöte (W.A. Mozart). From January 2001, he was assistant chorusmaster at the National Theatre in Prague. In 2001, he conducted at the Prague State Opera the world premiere of the operas by contemporary composer Vladimír Wimmer, The Knight and Death, and Jelizaweta Bam. At the Young Prague 2004 Festival, he conducted J.K. Vaňhal’s Stabat Mater with the Kühn Children’s Choir and the Prague Symphony Chamber Orchestra. Other orchestras he has worked with include the Praga sinfonietta, the Virtuosi Pragenses chamber orchestra, the Prague Philharmonia, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, and the orchestra of the National Theatre in Prague with which he made the CD Making Opera Is Fun, featuring prominent Czech opera singers. From 2004, he held the post of assistant conductor at the National Theatre in Prague, participating in the company’s productions of the operas Nagano (Martin Smolka), Vanda (Antonín Dvořák), Montezuma (Lorenzo Ferrero), Aida (Giuseppe Verdi), Don Pasquale (Gaetano Donizetti), Don Giovanni (W.A. Mozart), The Secret (Bedřich Smetana), La fanciulla del West (Giacomo Puccini), Falstaff (Giuseppe Verdi), and Eugene Onegin (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky). Beyond that, he was part of the creative team preparing the National Theatre’s first complete staging, in 2005, of Richard Wagner’s tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen. Since the 2005/2006 season, he has been engaged by the National Theatre as resident conductor (Don Giovanni, The Secret, Falstaff, Carmen, Cosi fan tutte, Káťa Kabanová and The Two Widows).
He has collaborated with leading international conductors, including John Fiore, Asher Fisch, and Gerd Albrecht. In 2006, he became associated with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Düsseldorf/Duisburg), where he worked as assistant to the principal conductor, John Fiore, in preparing the productions of Elektra (Richard Strauss) and Jenůfa (Leoš Janáček), and in the following season, 2008/2009 was invited to take part in further, larger-scale projects. In the course of that season, he was in charge of the musical preparation of the company’s productions of Czech operas, including Dvořák’s Rusalka, Janáček’s Káťa Kabanová, The Makropulos Affair, The Adventures of the Cunning Little Vixen, and From the House of the Dead, as well as being involved in the production of Der Ring des Nibelungen. Between 2005 and 2008, he conducted Don Giovanni during the summer opera season at Prague’s Estates Theatre. In April 2007, he was commissioned to conduct the final concert of the Opera 2007 Festival at the Prague State Opera. In the spring of 2011, he made his debut at the Norwegian Royal Opera in Oslo, conducting Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos.
In March 2010, he assumed the post of music director at the National Theatre of Moravia-Silesia in Ostrava, where he has to this day conducted the productions of Massenet’s Werther, Janáček’s Jenůfa, The Makropulos Affair and Káťa Kabanová, Verdi’s Falstaff, Hindemith’s Cardillac, Puccini’s La bohème, Dvořák’s Armida, and Catalani’s La Wally. In May 2013 he prepared a new production of Smetana’s The Two Widows and in April 2014 Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen. Since August 2013, Robert Jindra is the Music director of the National Theatre Opera in Prague.
Update: May 2014