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Smutný Jiří

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Pedagogue; Conductor; Composer; Co-répétiteur (* 1932/4/1 Praha)

Smutný studied music composition and conducting at the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts. After graduation, he became a répétiteur for vocal and opera studies. Two years later, in 1957, he left for the National Theatre, where he worked as répétiteur and as assistant to the theatre’s conductor and director until 1980. He also worked at the Czechoslovak State Song and Dance Ensemble and taught at the People’s School of Art the Jan Neruda Gymnasium in Prague.

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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