Robert Jindra has worked at the National Theatre in Prague since 2001, first as a repetiteur and then as assistant conductor (Mozart: Don Giovanni). His first independent conducting was of the production of Smetana‘s The Secret in 2006.
He studied classical singing and conducting at the Prague Conservatory. At the National Theatre he conducted the world premiere of Tomáš Hanzlík‘s opera The Tears of Alexander the Great, as well as Smetana’s Two Widows and Mozart‘s Così fan tutte. Other operas he has conducted include Smetana’s Libuše, Dvořák’s Rusalka, Janáček’s Káťa Kabanová and Jenůfa, Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Bizet’s Carmen and Verdi’s Falstaff. In the 2013/2014 season, he served as music director of the National Theatre Opera, conducting new productions of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen and From the House of the Dead. Between 2010 and 2014, he was music director of the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava, where he conducted Smetana’s The Devil’s Wall, Dvořák’s Armida, Janáček’s Jenůfa and The Makropulos Affair, Wagner’s Lohengrin, Verdi’s Falstaff and many other operas. He has collaborated with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, worked at the Aalto-Musiktheater und Philharmonie Essen, conducted at the Norwegian Opera in Oslo (Jenůfa, 2022), the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava (Verdi: La traviata) and the State Theatre Košice. In 2021, he conducted Dvořák’s Rusalka at the Bayerische Staatsoper within the Munich Opera Festival and made his debut with Weinberger’s Schwanda the Bagpiper at the Oper Graz. Since the start of the 2021/22 season, he has been chief conductor of the Košice State Philharmonic.
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