Guest of the Opera
A truly remarkable set and costume designer, Marta Roszkopfová was born in Žilina, Slovakia, and now lives in Ostrava. She studied at the University of Performing Arts in Bratislava and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. She has collaborated over the long term with numerous theatres in the Czech Republic, most frequently the Ostrava-based Aréna chamber stage and the Moravian-Silesian National Theatre, in the past Petr Bezruč Theatre, and abroad (Slovakia, Poland and Germany). She has worked on more than 380 productions in the Czech Republic alone. Her set and costume designs have been regularly displayed at prestigious exhibitions in Europe, the USA and China, and are part of the collections of the National Museum and National Gallery in Prague. Since 1969, she has participated in the Prague Quadrennial exhibition, and in 1981, 1984 and 1988 received gold medals at the Triennial of Stage and Costume Design in Novi Sad. At the Moravian-Silesian National Theatre in Ostrava, she created the costumes for the productions of Smetana’s opera The Devil’s Wall and Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress, both directed by Jiří Nekvasil. She also designed the costumes for the acclaimed production of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena at the Moravian-Silesian National Theatre in Ostrava, where with the director Ivan Krejčí and the set designer Milan David she will create the costumes for another opera, Umberto Giordano’s Andrea Chénier, to be staged in June 2015.