Jan Chalupecký graduated from the Prague Conservatory (violoncello) and started his career as a member of the orchestra and eventually conductor of the Prague Chamber Opera in the years 1990–93. In the 1993/1994 season he started to work at the National Theatre in Prague as the assistant of conductor Zdeněk Košler, with whom he prepared Antonín Dvořák‘s opera The Jacobin. Since 1994, Jan Chalupecký has conducted about twenty operas on this stage. Since 2001 he has himself prepared new productions of Die Zauberflöte (with David Radok as stage director), Macbeth and the world premiere of Nagano by Martin Smolka. With the National Theatre Opera ensemble he also appeared at the Prague Spring Festival (2001: Jenůfa, 2003: Bianca und Giuseppe and Don Giovanni starring Ildebrando d’Arcangelo in the title role) as well as on tours in Japan, Hong Kong, Slovakia and Hungary. He guest appeared at the Prague State Opera (Così fan tutte, Die Zauberflöte andThe Divine Comedy by Martin Kumžák) and cooperated with the Mozart Opera and the Municipal Theatre in Ústí nad Labem. In 1997–1999, he was chief conductor of the Plzeň Philharmonic. He has also conducted the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc, the Brno Philharmonic, the PKF – Prague Philharmonia and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, with which he has recorded a huge amount of film music and led the orchestra on the tours abroad (Switzerland, Germany). For the open-air opera festival at the amphitheater beneath the Loket Castle, West Bohemia, he has prepared Rusalka, Rigoletto, Nabucco and Carmen.
Update: September 2016