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.
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