Josef Jelínek

Josef Jelínek

Guest of the Opera

Biography

The eminent Czech costume designer Josef Jelínek has won a number of domestic and international accolades, including the gold medals at the Triennial in Novi Sad and the Prague Quadrennial in 1983, as well as the coveted Czech Lion in 2002. He has designed costumes for more than 950 theatre productions in Prague, Bratislava, Brno, Ostrava, Plzeň, Berlin, Monte Carlo, Ljubljana, Leeds, Bergen, Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, Mumbai, Seville etc. He has also created costumes for Petr Weigl’s musical films. Moreover, he has designed sets, primarily for ballet shows. The National Theatre opera productions for which he has created costumes include Cavalleria rusticana, PagliacciRusalka and Der Rosenkavalier. The most noteworthy State Opera Prague productions he designed costumes for include the operas Rienzi, Otello, Salome, Un ballo in maschera, Nabucco, Aida, Die Fledermaus, Boris Godunov, Il trovatore, Robert le diable, Turandot, Orlando furioso, Carmen, Lucia di LammermoorManon Lescaut, Vivat operetta!Don QuichotteGiselle, Katya Kabanova, Jenůfa and Rusalka, and the ballets Swan Lake and Giselle. Furthermore, he has designed the costumes for the productions of the operas Tosca, Les pêcheurs de perles, Aida and Nabucco, and the ballet La Bayadère at the National Theatre in Brno; the operas Turandot and Otello, the ballets Raymonda and The Nutcracker, as well as the operetta The Polish Blood, at the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Plzeň; and operas The Battered Bride and Il trovatore at the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava. In 2012, Josef Jelínek received the prestigious Thalia Award for his lifelong achievement. Josef Jelínek collaborated with the Czech famous set designer Josef Svoboda on several opera productions: Smetana’s The Devil’s Wall (Janáček Theatre in Brno, 1979; directed by Evald Schorm), Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer (Smetana Theatre in Prague, 1986; directed by Václav Kašlík) and Kašlík’s The Brigand Ballad (National Theatre in Prague, 1986; directed by Václav Kašlík), and on two ballet productions, The Lady of the Camellias and Romeo and Juliet (National Theatre in Prague, 1991 and 1998; directed by Petr Weigl). In 1990, Jelínek and Svoboda worked for the Deutsche Oper in Berlin on Petr Weigl’s production of Strauss’s Salome, conducted by Giuseppe Sinopoli.