Performed in the original Czech with Czech and English surtitles
A spellbinding entry into the world of opera for both children and parents! A journey to a strange land inhabited by weird and wonderful creatures and monsters, where unusual trees and curiously shaped flowers grow and strange laws of nature govern. Welcome to the fantastical world of the Forman brothers!
Premiere: 6th February 2015, Janáček Theatre
Enchantia is the realm of mythical and fantastic creatures whose existence has been documented for many years. The British explorer, naturalist and author, Gerald Durrell (1925-1995) first introduced this fantasy world forty years ago in his novel The Talking Parcel. It tells the story of children who are transported to the strange land of Mythologia which is inhabited with magical beings and animals and where extraordinary trees and flowers of incredible shapes and sizes grow. The magical land also has its own set of rules and laws invented by the wizard H.H. Junketbury. The secret entrance to this glorious world was discovered in the Greek mountains where according to ancient mythology these magical creatures had once lived. In 2009 an independent team of explorers and scientists, led by the mythologists Marko Ivanović and brothers Petr and Matěj Forman, searched for the entrance to Enchantia. With great fanfare they found the entrance in the basement of the ‘Golden Chapel’ (that is the National Theatre) in Prague. And now something tells us that perhaps this magical world will also be found here in Brno...
IMPORTANT! You can enter into Enchantia in two ways – the classical route through the main entrance of the Janáček Theatre or via a secret subterranean world. This exploratory underground route starts at the employees’ entrance to the Janáček Theatre: for those in rows 1 to 13 in the stalls 50 minutes before the performance starts; for those in rows 14 to 20 and boxes 40 minutes before the start; for rows 1 to 6 in the balconies 30 minutes before the start; for those in rows 7 – 12 of the balconies 20 minutes before the start.
The National Theatre in Brno thanks the National Theatre for agreeing to the use of the score.
The staging of the opera Enchantia was created for the production of the National Theatre in Prague.