Biography

Currently Jaroslav Kyzlink is the music director of the National Theatre in Prague, appointed in August 2012.

He was born in Brno, Czech Republic, and graduated from the Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts (Brno), Czech Republic, in chorus and orchestra conducting.

Recently he has prepared among others the new production of Rusalka at the Theatre Bonn, Germany and at the New National Theatre in Tokyo. His recent engagements also include, e.g. new productions of Verdi's Vespiri Siciliani for National Theater in Brno and Don Carlos for National Theater in Prague.

Future engagements include returning to New National Theatre Tokyo with a new production of Korngold’s Die tote Stadt (2014), Jenufa in Aarhus in 2015, Cunning Little Vixen at Greek National Opera Athens and also Wagner Gala Concerts in Copenhagen and Aarhus in August 2015.

Since 1992 he has been working with the Janáček Opera/National Theatre in Brno, first as a chorus master, then as a conductor, in 2001 as a chief conductor. From 2001 to 2003 he was appointed artistic director as well as Head of the Janáček Opera. Here he won a wide acclaim for his interpretations both from the critics and audience. He toured Japan twice as the chief conductor, leading the whole ensemble of the National Theatre, Brno (2001 – Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, 2003 – Verdi: Aida, Janáček: Glagolitic Mass, Taras Bulba). In January 2004, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Leoš Janáček‘s Jenůfa, he prepared and conducted the new production of this opera at the Janáček Opera in cooperation with the Staatsoper, Wien and leading artists (e.g. David Poutney as stage director, Anja Silja as Kostelnička and Peter Straka as Laca).

Since 1999 he has been a regular guest conductor at the State Opera in Prague and since 2002 also at Prague National Theatre Opera. In 2004/6 he was the music director of the Slovak National Theatre (Bratislava), and now works as a permanent guest conductor there.

Kyzlink has conducted more than 30 operas including Handel’s Alcina and Britten’s Peter Grimes and he is specialized in Janacek’s works and has conducted most of them. He is frequently a guest conductor of major orchestras and festivals both at home and abroad. He also gets invited as a jury member to conductor and vocal competitions, and externally works as a lecturer at Music Department of VŠMU in Bratislava.

In December 2008 he largely contributed to a successful joint production of Gluck's Orfeo and Eurydice for Slovak National Theatre and Teatr Vielki Warsawa by musical preparation. In 2009 he prepared and conducted Tchaikovsky's Eugen Onegin in the National Theatre, Brno and the new production of Dvořák's Rusalka in the Greek National Opera in Athens. In August 2010 he worked on the first Danish performance of Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s opera at the Danish National Opera.

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Reviews

Katja Kabanova, Danish National Opera, 2013
"Conductor Jaroslav Kyzlink had as good an eye for details as he had for the forceful orchestral landscapes that complement the simultaneously declamatory and melodic singing from the stage. The contact between conductor, singers, and musicians was secure, and Sønderjyllands Symphony Orchestra played with convincing character."

Katja Kabanova, Danish National Opera, 2013
"Another coup was the conductor, Jaroslav Kyzlink, music director at the National Theatre in Prague, who will lead the majority of the 17 performances with the five regional orchestras. Kyzlink is known here at home from The Danish National Opera’s sensational production of Korngold’s Die tote Stadt, and with Janácek’s Katja he was in no way less convincing in the difficult art of shaping and characterizing the reflections of the pent-up emotional life on the stage."

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