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Oral history of Czech theatre

Věžník Václav

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Stage Director; Pedagogue (* 1930/8/1 Brno)

PAfter completing secondary school in 1949, he began to study music and theatre sciences at Masaryk University’s Faculty of Arts in Brno, but a year later the new department of opera directing was opened at the city’s Janáček Academy of Performing Arts (JAMU), and so he went there instead. From 1954 to 1992, he worked at the opera of the Brno State Theatre. In the 1990s, he taught at JAMU, where earned his professorship.

He gained fame for his direction of the operas of Leoš Janáček. Overall, he has directed more than 150 productions at all operas in the Czech Republic, plus numerous foreign productions as well. He has collaborated with artists František Tröster, Ladislav Vychodil, and Vojtěch Štolfa.

Oral history of the Czech theatre

This project was launched in 2015 and seeks to capture the memories of important figures in the field of Czech theatre in audio recordings (usually around four hours long) and, in most cases, also in a short video recording (10–20 minutes long). The recordings are followed by a report of the conversation, which offers a summary of discussed topics and personalities, after every 15-20 minutes. Photographs and personal documents (both in digital format), provided by the narrator, are also available.

The Oral History Module provides a list of figures who have recorded their memories, along with a brief profile, current photograph, and the interview protocol. Full recording, including all the additional materials, is supposed to be studied by registered researchers in the Information and Documentation Department of ATI only. Feel free to contact Lucie Čepcová: lucie.cepcova(at) if you are interested.

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