Zuzana Vrbová (stage director, Baroque gesture)

She studied singing at the conservatorium in Teplice, then continued studying theory and performance practice of early music in Prague. During her studies she began to cooperate with the Baroque ensemble Cappella Accademica as a singer. Since 1996 she has been interested in Baroque stage movements and gestures, based on the study of period materials. She extended her knowledge at specialised master courses in Germany (Internationale Händel-Akademie Karlsruhe). She cooperates with the Hof-Musici Baroque ensemble as stage director of the staged performances of Baroque operas in the preserved historic theatres in the Czech Republic as well as at prestigious Czech and foreign festivals (Prague Spring, Smetana’s Litomyšl, Internationale Händel-Festspiele Göttingen or International Haydn Festival in Hungarian Castle Eszterháza, Festival Galuppi in Venice, Handel Festival Japan in Tokyo). In 2007 she founded the Teatro alla Moda association, which aims to extend the research of Baroque stage interpretation and to support staged performances of operas from the 17th and 18th centuries.