opera stage director & designer


Slovenian-born opera stage director, scenographer, dramaturge and performance artist Rocc (*1979) studied opera stage direction at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno, followed up by postgraduate studies of stage design at the Universities of Art and Design in Zurich, and with rosalie in Offenbach am Main. He was granted a scholarship by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, as well as receiving support from the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. His pseudonym is a tribute to Marie Mrázková, Roccʼs professor of stage acting and his true mentor.

At the age of 35 Rocc has staged and designed more than 30 opera productions in the National Theatres in Prague, Brno, Ostrava, Ljubljana, Riga, Opera Bergen in Norway, and within several international festivals. His work in contemporary music theatre is combined with alternative performing arts, installation, new media and site-specific projects. Since 2013 Rocc has been the initiator and Artistic Director of “opera povera”, an ensemble focused on contemporary music-theatre aesthetics.

In the 2007/08 season Rocc held the post of Dramaturge in the Slovenian National Opera in Maribor. The 2008/09 season saw him as Deputy Artistic Director and Dramaturge of the Janáček Opera of the National Theatre in Brno and 2009–11 he was Artistic Director of the Janáček Opera. In 2011–13 he was Artistic Director of the Prague State Opera, which from 2012 has been affiliated with the National Opera in Prague. In November 2013 he became Artistic Director of the Slovenian National Opera in his hometown Ljubljana.

Rocc also works as a pedagogue of stage movement and acting for young opera singers, he has been a member of juries of international singing competitions.




2015 G. Bizet Carmen Opera Bergen (open-air) 32
2015 V. Zouhar & Rocc Echo – Metamorphoses I (opera-installation, world premiere) opera povera – Czech Museum of Music in Prague (PQ 2015) 31/9
2015 M. Lazar The Tenth Daughter (world premiere) National Opera Ljubljana 30/8
2014 A. Y. Svoboda Martin Středa gallery Chamber Hall of the Janáček Academy in Brno (Opera Povera) 29
+ R. Leoncavallo I Pagliacci Opera Bergen (open-air) 28
2014 G. Puccini Gianni Schicchi Opera Bergen (open-air) 27
2014 I. Medek & M. Dvořáková Alice in Bed (world premiere) gallery National Theatre Brno 26/7
2013 G. Puccini La Boheme gallery Opera Bergen (open-air) 25
2013 R. Wagner Lohengrin gallery National Theatre Ostrava 24
2013 B. Britten Let’s Make an Opera! The Little Sweep gallery National Opera Riga 23
2012 C. Debussy Pelléas & Mélisande gallery National Theatre Prague 22
+ S. Rachmaninoff The Miserly Knight Opera Bergen 21
2012 G. Puccini Gianni Schicchi Opera Bergen 20
2012 R. Strauss Elektra gallery National Theatre Brno 19
+ G. Puccini Le Villi Opera Bergen (open-air) 18
2011 P. Mascagni Cavalleria Rusticana Opera Bergen (open-air) 17
2011 V. Zouhar & T. Hanzlík La Dafne (world premiere) gallery National Theatre Brno 16/6
2010 P. Šavli The Swineherd (world premiere) gallery National Opera Ljubljana 15/5
+ B. Martinů Ariane National Theatre Ostrava 14
2010 L. Janáček Šárka National Theatre Ostrava 13
2010 G. Rossini La Cenerentola National Theatre Brno 12
2009 J. Haydn Lo Speziale National Opera Ljubljana & Ljubljana Festival (open-air) 11
2008 M. Košut Macbeth (world premiere) Brno International Music Festival Moravian Autumn 10/4
2008 P. Glass Beauty and the Beast National Theatre Brno 9
2007 T. Hanzlík Lacrimae Alexandri Magni (world premiere) gallery National Theatre Prague 8/3
2005 V. Zouhar Night-Day (world premiere) National Theatre Brno 7/2
2004 M. Dvořáková & I. Medek Dead? (world premiere) gallery National Theatre Prague 6/1
+ J. Berg Breakfast at Šlankenvald Castle Studio 09 of the Janáček Academy in Brno 5
2004 J. Berg Euphrides in Front of the Tymen Gates Studio 09 of the Janáček Academy in Brno 4
2003 E. Toch The Princess and the Pea National Opera Ljubljana 3
2002 A. Scarlatti L’Amor Generoso Chamber Opera of the Janáček Academy in Brno 2
1999 G. B. Pergolesi Echo – Metamorphoses I (opera-installation, world premiere) Chamber Opera of the Janáček Academy in Brno 1


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