Ondřej HučínOpera Dramaturge, National Theatre in Prague

    Born in 1972, Ondřej Hučín studied theatrology at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague. From 1992 to 1994 he worked as a dramaturgy lecturer in the drama section of the National Theatre in Prague, in 1995 and 1996 as assistant director of the record company Supraphon, and between 1996 and 2003 as theatre historian at the Cabinet for Study of Czech Theatre at Prague’s Theatre Institute. At that time, he also devoted to theatre reviewing (writing in, for example, the newspapers Divadelní noviny, Lidové noviny, the magazines Svět a divadlo, Divadlo v medzičase, Revolver revue, Yorick, etc.) and contributed to several books (Czech Theatres – An Encyclopaedia of Theatre Ensembles, Theatre in the Czech Lands Until the End of the 18th century; chapters dedicated to Czech theatre and drama in the 19th and 20th centuries in the book History of Literary Cultures of East-Central Europe; The Last Season?; Suede and Chromium). From 2001 to 2007 he worked as a dramaturge, stage director and assistant director in the opera company of the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Plzeň. Together with Petr Kofroň, the then artistic director of the opera company, he transformed the Plzeň Opera into a modern and alternative stage. With the Plzeň Opera, he participated in two tours of Japan (2003 and 2005), within the first of which he presented to acclaim his own production of Verdi’s La traviata. In 2007-2011 Ondřej Hučín was the head dramaturge of the National Theatre Opera in Prague. Since August 2013, he has been the head dramaturge of the National Theatre Opera and the State Opera in Prague. His main dramaturgical interest is to open the operatic repertoire to remarkable less known works and authors, and to discover remarkable and less known features of famous operas and their composers. Ondřej Hučín has written numerous essays about works by Leoš Janáček, Bedřich Smetana, Zdeněk Fibich, Bohuslav Martinů, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Richard Wagner, Carl Orff, Pyotr Iliych Tchaikovsky, Igor Stravinsky, Benjamin Britten and other composers. He has also translated opera librettos into Czech from Russian, German and English (to works by P. I. Tchaikovsky, M. P. Mussorgsky, I. Stravinsky, S. Prokofiev, R. Schedrin, C. Orff, R. Wagner, W. A. Mozart, B. Britten, M. Nyman, S. Stucky and others). Since 2013, he has been a regular member of the specialist jury at the Antonín Dvořák International Vocal Competition in Karlovy Vary and he has dedicated himself to a promotion of young talented singers.

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