Zdeněk Troška is one of the most popular and commercially most successful directors of Czech films in the last twenty years. His films have won many awards and have been sold in more than thirty countries around the world. Born in Hoštice near Volyně in 1953, Zdeněk Troška completed secondary school studies at the Lycée Carnot in Dijon, France and then studied film and television direction at Prague's Academy of Performing Arts, graduating in 1978. He succesfully served also as a stage director for Verdi's Don Carlos in the Smetana Theatre (1989). For performances at Křižík's Fountain he adapted Dvořák's Rusalka (1995–1999) which was given for five seasons with enormous success. His ballet Čertoviny (Devilishness) to music by Petr Malásek has been in the repertoire of the J.K. Tyl Theatre in Plzeň since 1998. He directed also a musical, Hamlet, for the Kalich Theatre in Prague. With set designer Milan Ferenčík, he prepared Dvořák's Rusalka at the State Theatre in Košice (2006) and Gounod's Faust (2007), in the South Bohemian Theatre in České Budějovice, he directed Weber's Der Freischütz (2009). For the Prague State Opera, Zdeněk Troška staged Bizet’s Carmen (opening performance 11 March 2004) and Dvořák’s Rusalka (premiere 5 May 2005).
Update: November 2010