Magdalena Švecová

Magdalena Švecová studied violin at the conservatories in České Budějovice and Prague and at Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna. From 2000 to 2004 she studied opera direction at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts (JAMU) in Brno in the class of the senior lecturer Alena Vaňáková. She received the award of the Minister of Education of the Czech Republic for her extraordinary study results and creative activity. As a violinist, since 1995 she has collaborated with the chamber ensemble Musica Bohemica, with which she has given a host of concerts both at home and abroad (Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Netherlands) and recorded several CDs. As a member of the female orchestra Ensemble Grace, she performed at EXPO 2005 in Aichi, Japan. She has directed a host of productions within the studio at JAMU, for the Chamber Opera of JAMU, and collaborated with several professional artistic ensembles and theatres. When it comes to her study works, worthy of mention are the productions Vincent (2001) and A Christmas Legend to Jaroslav Krček’s music (2002), La Belle et la Bete to Miloslav Ištván’s music (2002) and 11 Gestalten des Mondscheins to Ivo Medek’s music (2002). The Chamber Opera of JAMU staged her productions of Milhaud’s Ariadne Abandoned and The Deliverance of Theseus (within the 3x Ariadne project, 2002), Markéta Dvořáková’s Giraffe Opera (within the Pounding on the Iron Curtain project of Prague’s National Theatre, 2002) and Leoš Janáček’s The Beginning of a Romance and Rákós Rákóczy (premiered within the 2004 Janáček Brno International Festival). For creation of these works and for excellent study results, she received a bonus from the Leoš Janáček Foundation. Other productions of hers include Hans Krása’s Brundibar for the Kantiléna children’s choir (also staged at Vienna’s Konzerthaus, 2001), Krček’s electro-acoustic opera Nevěstka Raab (Raab the Harlot, 2003), Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale, which was the opening performance following the restoration of the Reduta open theatre in Brno, and for the Theatre in Plzeň she directed Donizetti’s Don Pasquale (2005) and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (2007). As an assistant stage director, she collaborated on the production of Puccini’s La bohème at the State Opera Prague (director: Roman Hovenbitzer). She has also taught dramatic art at Brno’s Conservatory. Update: January 2008