Obituary: Opera Director Luděk Golat Dies at 70

By Francisco Salazar

Opera Director and former director of the Moravian-Silesian National Theater Luděk Golat has died at the age of 70.

Born on April 28, 1954 in Ostrava, he began his studies at the gymnasium and transferred to the Faculty of Music of the Academy of Performing Arts where he finished in 1979.

Golat began his professional career as an opera soloist in Hradec Králové and transferred to the HAMU Opera Studio. In 1984, he joined the State Theater in Ostrava as a soloist where he would go on to perform such operas as “Don Giovanni, Prince Igor, Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” and “Carmen,” among others.

He went on to work at the Ostrava Conservatory where he took on the role of assistant professor at the singing department of the Brno JAMU. He also joined the Ostrava Opera.

As he continued his professional career, Golat studied opera directing and in the 1990s worked as an assistant director at the Prague National Theater with directors Karl Jernek and David Sulkin.

In 1992, Golat was named the head of the opera of the Moravian-Silesian National Theatre where he directed several successful productions including “Pelléas et Mélisande,” “Rigoletto,” “The Magic Flute,” “Macbeth,” and “Carousel.” In 1999, he was appointed director of the Moravian-Silesian National Theatre where he remained until 2009.