Season 2017/2018

Michal Nejtek: Rules for Good Manners in the Modern World
Relationships are governed by rules!
It is not complicated to be born. It is easy to die. To live between these two events is not necessarily impossible. It is just enough to adapt to the rules and accept their recommendations. In 1994, the French playwright Jean-Luc Lagarce re-worked a manual of good manners from the turn of the 19th and 20th century. Lagarce's play became a starting point for a new opera by a tandem of renowned artists from a younger generation, composer Michal Nejtek and director Jiří Adámek. The opera was commissioned for the Janáček Opera Ensemble of the Brno National Theatre. At an absurd banquet in the Luis-Buñuel-style, a chorus of four singers – age-long guardians of traditions and noblesse - accompany the audience through life from birth to death, using the rules for good manners.
Details of the production

World premiere on 15 September 2017 in the Reduta Theatre.

Conductor: Pavel Šnajdr
Director: Jiří Adámek
Stage design: Ivana Kanhäuserová
Costume design: Adriana Černá

 

Gaetano Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore
Fall in love and keep your senses calm – it is the art of the relationship.
Donizetti was one of three famous composers whose works dominated Italian stages in the first half of the 19th century and spread around the whole of Europe and overseas. His L'elisir d'amore premiered in Milan in 1832 has been one of the most popular operas since its premiere. The bitter-sweet story of shy Nemorino who falls in love with rich Adina and tries to win her affection using the "elixir of love" is a good opportunity for singers, because of the many beautiful duets and arias featured, including the most famous: Nemorino's Una furtiva lacrima. 
Details of the production

Premiere on 20 October 2017 in the Mahen Theatre.

Conductor: Ondrej Olos
Director: Magdalena Švecová
Stage design: Andrej Ďurík
Costume design: Eva Jiřikovská

 

Charles Gounod: Faust
Relationships and God exist for those who believe.
The most famous opera of the French composer Charles Gounod took the subject matter from the no less famous two-part play by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, based on a German legend about a man who exchanged his soul with the devil for knowledge and power.  But I is Marguerite, who becomes the main hero who, contrary to Faust, finds salvation and escapes the devil's power.  Faust was Gounod's first big success and it won him international acclaim.  It is no wonder, as the composer knew well how to create an impressive theatre on stage, and every aria was a 19th century opera hit -  Marguerite's song about the King of Thule, the Jewel aria, Mephistopheles' aria "The calf of gold", Valentin's farewell to Marguerite, as well as big choruses. 
Details of the production

Premiere on 16 December 2017, BVV.

Conductor: Marko Ivanović
Director: Jiří Heřman
Stage design: Pavel Svoboda
Costume design: Lenka Polášková

  

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades
A passion for playing games kills relationships!
Three, seven, ace: three cards that always win. A secret which drives the young tsarist official Herman to sacrifice his amorous relationship with young Liza and even to murder. Tchaikovsky's penultimate opera was commissioned by the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg and, as in the case of Eugen Onegin, the composer used the literary legacy of A. S. Pushkin. However, Tchaikovsky substantially changed Pushkin's story and even wrote texts to some of the arias. Although the composer created  The Queen of Spades in only 44 days, it is obviously a work of an experienced opera composer and dramatist. He introduced a masterly psychological depiction of the main characters into the, originally romantic, story of a great love with a mystic plot, adding many dramatic as well as lyrical musical scenes.
Details of the production

Premiere on 17 February 2018 in the Mahen Theatre.

Conductor: Robert Kružík
Director: Martin Glaser
Stage design: Pavel Borák
Costume design: Markéta Oslzlá-Sládečková

 

Jiří Teml: Puss in Boots
Who is the most interesting fairy-tale cat? The one wearing boots of course!
Always charming, always ready to defeat a giant or rescue a princess, and he doesn't mind the fact that he lives in Žižkov in Prague. The only thing is, he's not much one for chasing mice and prefers to learn French. The mice are delighted, but the landlady isn't and she throws the cat out. And so he sets out on a journey of adventure to France accompanied by some children, as this opera fairy-tale was written especially with them in mind by the important contemporary Czech composer, Jiří Teml, who has a wealth of experience writing music for younger audiences. The production is designed for children aged between 4 and 9 years old.
Details of the production

Premiere on 23 March 2018 in the Reduta Theatre.

Conductor: Valeria Maťašová
Director: Marek Mokoš
Stage design: David Janošek
Costume design: David Janošek  

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così fan tutte
Do not test your relationship, or you risk your girlfriend giving her feelings to another man.
They are all alike, or the School of Lovers, is the title of the third opera which emerged from the artistic partnership between the librettist Lorenzo da Ponte and the composer Mozart. In people's relationships, nothing is just black or white and that is especially true in this opera. Mozart continued his previous works, Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro, which cannot be easily categorized – as there is always a wicked smile peeping out from these dramas, or tears and anger hidden behind laughter. The same applies for this opera: two young guys, Ferrando and Guglielmo, encouraged by the sceptic Don Alfonzo, disguise themselves as foreigners to test the faithfulness of their fiancées.  However, before the game ends, they are caught in a web of emotions because of this false game.
Details of the production

Premiere on 18 May 2018 in the Mahen Theatre.

Conductor: Jakub Klecker
Director: Anna Petrželková
Stage design: Eva Jiřikovská
Costume design: Hana Knotková