One of the greatest highlights (if not the greatest) proved to be the premiere of two one-act operas on Saturday 15 October: Bartók's Bluebeard’s Castle and Schönberg’s Expectation with stage direction by David Radok and music direction by Marko Ivanović. This co-production by the Janáček Opera and Opera Göteborg brought together three fantastic singers, Katarina Karnéus, Katarina Giotas and Anders Lorentzson, with the orchestra of the Janáček Opera. The superb singing and acting, backed by an outstanding performance by the orchestra and unique costumes by Zuzana Ježková, elevated these two musically very challenging works into gems which no fan of opera should miss. There will only be two repeat performances, on the following two Sundays, 23 and 30 October.
Brno has witnessed another opera miracle
The premiere of Bluebeard’s Castle and Expectation will be remembered as one of the greatest highlights of the Janáček Brno 2016 festival