The theme of the season is the variables found in the equations that govern human relationships, as in this area it isn´t true that one + one = two. People say: “Put a man and a woman on the stage and a story will appear. Put a woman and two men there and you’ve got a plot.” This equation seems to have been tailor made for the opera, as it’s a foundation with an infinite amount of permutations.
The 7th Janáček Brno festival and major co-productions with foreign theatres all await opera lovers in the exciting and artistically charged 2020/2021 season. The very first premiere – Janáček´s Destiny – will ceremoniously open the festival under the direction of Robert Carsen. It will be followed by a production of Jenůfa which we’ve brought over from London’s Royal Opera House. It’s directed by the excellent Claus Guth and features world-famous soprano Karita Mattila in the role of Kostelnička and Jana Šrejma Kačírková as Jenůfa. The Baroque opera Alcina will appear on the stage of the Janáček Theatre, directed by Jiří Heřman – it is an extraordinary collaborative project between National Theatre Brno’s Janáček Opera and French theatres in Versailles and Caen, accompanied by the leading Baroque orchestra Collegium 1704 led by Václav Luks. And there will be much more!
He – a composer + She – his lover and the mother of his child : her crazy mother = a Luhačovice novel.
Janáček´s innovative opera Destiny, which floods the stage with the cream of noble spa society and the language of decadent poets, was a complete departure from his previous works, but musically it’s as exceptional as always. And how could it not be when the composer was inspired by love for a charming woman – Kamila Urválková.
Conductor: Marko Ivanović
Director: Robert Carsen
Set Design: Radu Boroescu
Costume Design: Annemarie Woods
Choreography: Lorena Randi
Light Design: Peter van Praet a Robert Carsen
First night on 28. September 2020 at Janáček Theatre
√Laca x √Števa = Jenůfa
Laca loves Jenůfa, Jenůfa loves Števa and Števa thinks that he loves Jenůfa, but not every love can endure when put to the test. Janáček´s Jenůfa is one of his most popular works and it has been on the Brno opera repertoire almost continuously since its creation in 1904.
Conductor: Robert Kružík
Director: Claus Guth
Set Design: Michael Levine
Costume Design: Gesine Völlm
Choreography: Teresa Rotemberg
Light Design: Roland Horvath & Carmen Zimmerman (rocafilm)
First night on 3. October 2020 at Janáček Theatre
P. I. Tchaikovsky
Onegin × Tatyana / Onegin × Lensky / Olga x Lensky /Gremin + Tatyana - Onegin = xy
Pride is the greatest obstacle on the path to happiness. In actual fact, this story could have had a quick and happy end if Onegin had put his disdain for everything village-related aside and seen Tatyana as she really was. But… Tchaikovsky did not call Eugene Onegin an opera but rather “lyrical scenes”, and really his work based on the famous novel by Pushkin does not resemble anything from the 19th century opera repertoire. It is intimate, and thus more real in its emotions.
Conductor: Robert Kružík
Director: Martin Glaser
Set Design: Pavel Borák
Costume Design: Markéta Sládečková
First night on 6.February 2021 at Janáček Theatre
G. F. Händel
Alcina + magic / Bradamante = Ruggiero
Alcina is a powerful witch, but no spell can overcome the strength of true love and keep the knight Ruggiero in her power. Giant of the Baroque opera G. F. Händel is one of those that can see into the depths of the human heart and turn whatever they find there into incomparable music. And this is Alcina´s real magic.
Conductor: Václav Luks
Director: Jiří Heřman
Scet Design: Dragan Stojčevski
Costume Design: Alexandra Grusková
Choreography: Jan Kodet
First night on 16. April 2021 at Janáček Theatre
Mimi + Rodolfo x Musetta + Marcello = the lives and loves of artistsn
Two couples in love, the fun and misery of the artist’s lifestyle, a tragic end – the last premiere of the season will be one of the most popular operas in history, Puccini´s La bohème. It is based on a novel by French author Henri Murger about the lives of Parisian students and artists, as well as Puccini´s own experiences from his time as a student. As always with Puccini´s operas, the whirlwind of hidden emotions within the music will leave a lasting impression on every listener.
Conductor: Jaroslav Kyzlink
Director: Magdalena Švecová
Set Design: David Janošek
Costume Design: Zuzana Přidalová
First night on 11. June 2021 at Janáček Theatre
These thrilling relationship equations are not the only things awaiting you this season. From the very beginning of its existence, it has been a great tradition with the Brno opera ensemble that it also holds concerts that allow visitors to get to know its excellent orchestra and choir through music lying outside the boundaries of the normal opera repertoire. The first concert is being prepared for the advent period, when it will offer you the opportunity to relax away from the Christmas hustle and bustle by listening to something beautiful – and not only B. Martinů’s The Miracles of Mary. Ryba´s Czech Christmas Mass, which is an inseparable part of the holiday season, will be performed alongside the less well-known but all the more charming Baroque Moravian Christmas Mass by Schreier, in which the Latin text is mixed together with the Wallachian dialect. Mankind depends on both spring and happiness, and so in the past many rituals were created to call for them. They became the inspiration for great works of art, and two of such works will be performed in concert in the second half of the season. Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana are iconic compositions today, so why not come along and invoke the pagan goddess of spring or fickle Fortuna with us to make sure we have enough of everything.