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Beno Blachut

Dramaturg of Opera. Beno Blachut Jr. was born in Prague. He studied theatre science at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague and opera direction at the Faculty of Music of the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in the class of Alena Vaňáková. In 1999 he participated in the production of the rock opera Juno and Avos (Voznesensky and Rybnikov, directed by M. Tarant) staged by the Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory. From 2001 to 2003 he worked at the Theatre Institute as a bibliographer. At that time, he wrote for Divadelní noviny (Theatre News) and Informatorium, the monthly of the Academy of Performing Arts. Between 2001 and 2006 he was a member of the committee of the Musical Theatre Society and a secretary of Young Singers. Since 2001 he has been the managing director of the Beno Blachut Society, whose activity is devoted to this National Theatre opera singer and his colleagues. From 2005 to 2007 he taught dramatic art at the voice department of the Brno Conservatory. He completed his bachelor studies with a production of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen. As his master’s project, in 2007 he staged, in tandem with Tomáš Studený, Bohuslav Martinů’s The Miracles of Mary at the Silesian Theatre in Opava. In the 2006/2007 and 2007/2008 seasons he worked as a dramaturge at the National Theatre Opera in Brno. As an assistant director, he co-created there the productions of the operas Boris Godunov (directed by I. Levant) and Il barbiere di Siviglia (directed by S. Santillo). He has been a dramaturge of the National Theatre Opera since 1 January 2008. Update: September 2008

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