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Novák Richard

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Opera Soloist; Conductor; Composer (* 1931/10/2 Rozseč o. Jihlava)

Richard Novák studied opera singing, as well as composition and piano at the Brno State Conservatory. Even before completing his studies (1954), he began performing at the State Theatre in Ostrava. In 1962, he moved to the State Theatre in Brno, where he spent the rest of his productive artistic life, even after retiring in 1993.

He performed over 180 theatre roles and was also a master of the singing repertory. In 2001, he received the Thália Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Actors’ Association and in 2016, the Antonín Dvořák Prize, awarded by the Academy of Classical Music, for lifetime achievement.

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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