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Nekvasil Miloslav

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Stage Director; Opera Soloist; Pedagogue (* 1930/11/6 Praha)

Miloslav Nekvasil studied singing at the Prague State Conservatory, graduating in 1956, but was interested mainly in directing operas. He received his first position in 1955 as a soloist at the State Theatre in Ostrava; starting in 1962 he also directed; from the early 1990s, he was also the head of the opera section. He worked there for nearly forty years. He also directed in other theatres in Opava, Brno, České Budějovice, Ústí nad Labem, Prague, and Pilsen, with more than 130 productions to his name. He worked with an amateur ensemble and was also a teacher at the Ostrava Conservatory and the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

His older son Jiří is a theatre director, and his younger son Ondřej is a scenographer.

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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