Jaroslav Kyzlink’s most recent and future engagements include (a.o.):

  • Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Die Zauberflöte, Turandot and The Bartered Bride at the National Theatre Prague;
  • Die Fledermaus at the Slovak National Theatre.


Jaroslav Kyzlink hails from Brno, where he studied conducting at the Janáček Academy of Music. In 1992 he joined the Brno Opera, initially serving as chorus master, and became a conductor in 1996. Between 2001 and 2003 he was the company’s chief conductor and artistic director. While at the Brno Opera, he worked on a number of productions; for the Janáček Brno international festival, he prepared the world premiere of the original version of The Excursion of Mr. Brouček to the Moon (2010).

Jaroslav Kyzlink conducted the Brno Opera at festivals both at home and abroad including Japan (2001, 2003). In 2003 he established a collaboration with the Slovak National Theatre Opera, and from 2004–2006 he was its chief conductor. In 2008, he prepared Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice for the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava and Teatr Vielki in Warsaw. In 2010 he conducted Korngold’s Die tote Stadt at the Danish National Opera in Copenhagen and returned to the Wexford Opera Festival with Smetana’s The Kiss. In 2011 he conducted Dvořák’s Rusalka in Bonn and at the New National Theatre in Tokyo. In 2012 he prepared new productions of Rusalka for the National Theatre Brno and Janáček’s Jenůfa for the Slovak National Theatre. In 2013 he conducted Verdi’s Les vêpres siciliennes at the National Theatre Brno and Don Carlo at the National Theatre Opera in Prague, of which he was chief conductor in the 2012/13 season.

In the autumn of 2013 he returned to the Danish National Opera to prepare the first staging of Janáček’s Katya Kabanova  in Denmark and in 2014 he was scheduled to return to the New National Theatre in Tokyo to work on a production of Korngold’s Die tote Stadt.  In the National Theatre in Prague, he prepared new productions of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Martinů’s Juliette (The Key to Dreams), Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust and Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, and Requiem, Janáček’s The Excursions of Mr. Brouček and Katya Kabanová, Smetana’s Libuše, Dalibor and The Bartered Bride, and Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia. He has collaborated with numerous symphony orchestras.

Since 2006 he has worked as a visiting teacher at the Music Faculty of the University of Performing Arts in Bratislava. In 2014-2019 season, he was a chief conductor of the Slovenian National Theatre in Ljubljana. From September 2016 to July 2022 he was a music director of the National Theatre Opera in Prague.


Jaroslav Kyzlink conducts Prodana Nevesta (Ouverture) by Bedrich Smetana

Jaroslav Kyzlink conducts Jenufa by Leoš Janáček, part 2

Jaroslav Kyzlink conducts Jenufa by Leoš Janáček, part 1

Jaroslav Kyzlink conducts Mozart’s Idomeneo – O smania…D’Oreste, d’Ajace (Prague, 2022)


Katja Kabanova, Danish National Opera

“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.”

– Ole Straarup, Aarhus Stiftstidende, 5 Oct 2013

Katja Kabanova, Danish National Opera

“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.”

– Valdemar Lønsted, Information, 8 Oct 2013

Katja Kabanova, Danish National Opera

“The music is beautiful, and the unrelenting Czech conductor Jaroslav Kyzlink held the musicians, father-in-law-like, strictly to their playing, letting the singers manage without a single cue, it appeared. But this allowed Janacek the symphonic dramatist to take center stage that evening.”

– Knud Cornelius, Frederiksborg Amts Avis, 8 Nov 2013

Katja Kabanova, Danish National Opera

“On the conductor’s podium that night was Czech Jaroslav Kyzlink, who urged the musicians of the Copenhagen Philharmonic on with freshness and a sense for bringing out the details in the music.”

– Christine Christiansen, Jyllands-Posten, 13 Nov 2013

Katja Kabanova, Danish National Opera

“The Czech conductor Jaroslav Kyzlink demonstrates quite wonderfully how Janácek’s music, in its interweaving with the Czech language, never drowns out the singers, but still maintains it overwhelming power.”

– Peter Johannes Erichsen, Weekendavisen, 15 Nov 2013