JANÁČEK BRNO 2020
7th International Opera and Music Festival
28 September – 16 October 2020
DESPITE THE MEASURES, THE JANÁČEK BRNO FESTIVAL CONTINUES!
After the successful opening of the festival, we are awaiting the next programme highlight – Jenůfa with the phenomenal soprano Karita Mattila in the role of Kostelnička. The first performance will take place on 3 October as planned. The second performance, threatened by the new measures, has been rescheduled to Sunday, 4 October at 7 p.m. at the Janáček Theatre. The audience thus has the opportunity to see the last festival opera performance with excellent cast.
In the week starting on 5 October, due to further measures to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic, the festival will continue with some changes to the programme. The remaining opera performances – the premiere of the The Greek Passion and the guest performance of the Hungarian State Opera with the production of Salome – are cancelled.
Most of the concerts will take place, with some changes to the programme concerning vocal works. The final concert of the Bamberg Symphony on 16 October will take place in the form of a live stream from the concert hall in Bamberg to the auditorium of the Janáček Theatre and on the Bamberg Symphony website.
Jakub Hrůša, the Principal Conductor, says: “The participation at the Janáček Brno festival with the Bamberg Symphony in my hometown was the key project of the season for me and my orchestra, in which we invested a lot of effort and emotion during the programme creation and preparation. Unfortunately, the health situation in the Czech Republic has made it impossible to physically get to Brno with the whole orchestra. Yet, of our own initiative and with great understanding of the festival management, we will play for our audience. I am happy that in spite of the adverse circumstances, we have managed to organize a virtual live stream of the concert, unchanged. During our performance in Bamberg, we will give it everything and in our minds we will be with you in the Czech Republic. The timeless music of Leoš Janáček and Richard Strauss will help us bridge the distance.”
Some of the vocal concerts, The Greek Passion premiere and the premiere of S.A.M.P.O. by JAMU students will be rescheduled and the new dates will be announced before the end of the festival. The performance of Salome on 10 October will be replaced by an extraordinary concert of the Orchestra of the Janáček Opera of the National Theatre Brno under the baton of the conductor Robert Kružík with a programme consisting of the works of Leoš Janáček and Richard Strauss, with a special guest, the exceptional violinist Josef Špaček. Those who are not able to visit this year’s festival can look forward to the live stream of the concert of the leading Czech ensemble – the Pavel Haas Quartet on 11 October at 11 a.m.
“I wish music keeps on guiding us through these hard times. Stay with us!”
Jiří Heřman, Artistic Director of the Janáček Opera of the National Theatre Brno
List of programme changes:
2 October 2020 – The Cunning Little Vixen, F. X. Šalda Theatre Liberec – cancelled without substitution
4 October 2020 – Concert of the Prague Philharmonic Choir – substitute date is being discussed
5 October 2020 – Jenůfa – rescheduled to 4 October, 7 p.m.
6 October 2020 – Pavol Breslik Recital – substitute date is being discussed
7 October 2020 – The Greek Passion – rescheduled to 20 October 2020.
7 October 2020 – Church Songs from Znorovy – substitute date is being discussed
9 October 2020 – PhilHarmonia Octet Prague – concert will be performed as scheduled with some alterations
10 October 2020 – Composed programme of students of the Faculty of Music, Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno – concert will be performed as scheduled with some alterations in the Mozart Hall of the Reduta Theatre
10 October 2020 – Brno Children´s Choir – substitute date is being discussed
10 October 2020 – Salome (Hungarian State Opera) – replaced by an extraordinary concert
of the Orchestra of the Janáček Opera of the National Theatre Brno
11 October 2020 – Pavel Haas Quartet – concert will be performed as scheduled with some alterations
11 October 2020 – Tomáš Král and Matan Porat’s Recital – substitute date is being discussed
11 October 2020 – Glagolitic Mass / The Eternal Gospel – concert will be performed as scheduled with some alterations
12 October 2020 – A step behind the curtain to the opera Destiny – cancelled without substitution
14 October 2020 – Destiny, Janáček Opera of the National Theatre Brno – rescheduled to 28 and 29 November 2020.
15 and 16 October 2020 – S.A.M.P.O., Chamber Opera of the Faculty of Music of JAMU – substitute date is being discussed
16 October 2020 – Ceremonial closing of the festival: Concert of the Bamberg Symphony – live stream at the Janáček Theatre and on the website of the Bamberg Symphony and the Janáček Brno 2020 festival
11 October 2020 MEMORIAL CEREMONY AT THE GRAVE OF LEOŠ JANÁČEK – will take place without participation of the Czech Academic Choir
12 October 2020 Open House with Janáček – cancelled without substitution
The updated festival programme and on-line ticket shop is available at www.janacek-brno.cz.
Information about the Janáček Brno festival ticket return and exchange:
Performance cancelled without substitution:
Tickets purchased on-line – money will be automatically refunded to the bank account from which the tickets were purchased.
Tickets purchased at the National Theatre Brno Customer Centre – tickets may be returned at the CC or by e-mail at storno@ndbrnocz. Please send a ticket scan or ticket number and your bank account number for the ticket price refund.
Rescheduled and altered performances:
If the new date and programme is convenient for you, the original ticket automatically remains valid for the rescheduled or altered performance. There is no need to get a new ticket.
If you wish to return your ticket, you can do so by 30 October at the Customer Centre or cancel it by e-mail at: storno@ndbrnocz and ask for a refund.
Festival tickets may be returned by 30 October 2020.
Main points of sale: National Theatre Brno Customer Centre, Dvořákova 11, Brno
Tel.: +420 542 158 120, e-mail: obchodni@ndbrnocz
On-line sale: www.janacek-brno.cz
FESTIVAL PASS JANÁČEK BRNO 2020 − 25% OFF WITH TICKETS FOR 3 AND MORE PERFORMANCES, 30% OFF WITH TICKETS FOR 5 AND MORE PERFORMANCES.
The festival has been organized with the financial support of the Statutory City of Brno, the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, the Leoš Janáček Foundation and the Region of South Moravia. Bohemian Heritage Fund is a general partner of the festival. The main festival partner is VARS BRNO a.s. The main media partner of the festival is the Czech Television.