Rocc (opera stage director)

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Born Rok Rappl
(1979-12-14) 14 December 1979 (age 38)
Ljubljana, Yugoslavia (now Slovenia)
Other names Rocc
  • opera stage director
  • scenographer
  • dramaturge
  • performance artist
  • opera manager

Rocc (born Rok Rappl; 14 December 1979) is a Slovenian-born opera stage director, scenographer, dramaturge, performance artist and opera manager. His professional mononymous pseudonym is a tribute to Marie Mrázková (cz), Rocc's professor of stage acting and his mentor.


Born in Ljubljana, Rocc studied opera stage direction at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno (1998–2003, Master of Arts), followed up by postgraduate studies of stage design at the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst in Zurich (2003–2005, Executive Master), and with rosalie (de) at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Offenbach am Main (2005–2006, Certificate). 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.

Rocc has staged and designed opera productions in the National Operas in Prague,[1] Brno, Ostrava, Ljubljana, Riga, Wrocław Opera, Opera Bergen and elsewhere. His projects have been presented within several international festivals, e.g. Ljubljana Festival, Festival Janáček Brno, Moravian Autumn Music Festival in Brno, Festival of Music Theatre in Prague, Prague Quadrennial, Warsaw Autumn Festival of Contemporary Music,[2] Festival of Sacred Music in Pordenone, ISCM World Music Days and Bergen International Festival. His work in contemporary music theatre is combined with alternative performing arts, installation, new media and site-specific projects. Since 2013 he has been the initiator and Artistic Director of "opera povera", an ensemble focused on contemporary music-theatre aesthetics.[3]

In the 2007/08 season Rocc held the post of Dramaturge of 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 Brno, 2009–11 he was Artistic Director of the Janáček Opera and a member of the Programme Board of the International Festival Janáček Brno.[4] 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.[5][6]

Rocc also works as a pedagogue of stage movement and acting for young opera singers,[7][8] he has been a member of juries of international singing competitions. In 2018 he received the recognition for important works of art, the highest artistic title of the University of Ljubljana, which is equivalent to the scientific title of Doctor of Science.

Opera productions[edit]


  1. ^ "Rocc profile". Retrieved 13 August 2018. 
  2. ^ "50. International Festival of Contemporary Music: 'Warsaw Autumn' 21 – 29.09.2007" (PDF). Retrieved 13 August 2018. 
  3. ^ "opera povera – home (domů)". Retrieved 13 August 2018.  (in Czech)
  4. ^ Markéta Stulírová, "Šéf opery Rocc: Cítím se jako Brňan". Retrieved 13 August 2018.  (in Czech)
  5. ^ "Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Prague". Retrieved 20 August 2018. 
  6. ^ "Job changes in the opera world". Retrieved 13 August 2018. 
  7. ^ "Hosting lecturers' capacity sharing". Retrieved 13 August 2018. 
  8. ^ "Rocc profile". Retrieved 13 August 2018.  (in Slovene)
  9. ^ Šárka Motalová, "Free reconstruction of first ever opera La Dafne has world premiere". Retrieved 13 August 2018. 
  10. ^ "Let's Make an Opera! The Little Sweep – Latvian National Opera". Retrieved 13 August 2018. 
  11. ^ STA, "Contemporary Opera Opens in Ljubljana". Retrieved 13 August 2018. 
  12. ^ "Grigori Frid: New Version of The Diary of Anne Frank Given World Premiere". Retrieved 13 August 2018. 
  13. ^ "The Barber of Seville" (PDF). Retrieved 13 August 2018. 
  14. ^ "Fidelio". Retrieved 13 August 2018. 
  15. ^ "Fidelio". Retrieved 13 August 2018.  (in Polish)
  16. ^ "Perlefiskerne". Retrieved 13 August 2018.  (in Norwegian)

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