Season 2020/2021

Relationship equations

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. 

Leoš Janáček

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.

Production detail

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


P. I. Tchaikovsky
Eugene Onegin

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.

Production detail 

Conductor: Robert Kružík 
Director: Martin Glaser
Set Design: Pavel Borák
Costume Design: Markéta Sládečková
First night on 6.February 2021 at Janáček Theatre

Giuseppe Verdi

The Old Testament story of the capture of the Jewish people by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon was the inspiration for Giuseppe Verdi´s first really successful opera. Probably no one imagined at the premiere that Solera’s originally rejected libretto would be transformed into an iconic work in Verdi´s hands, but the immediacy, passion and temperament of the music captivated the audience, and rightly so. And then there is also the story of a nation longing for a homeland and for freedom, a story which still hasn’t lost its power and relevance, and whose personification is the famous choral piece "Va, pensiero, sull’ali dorate" (Go, thoughts, on golden wings…).

Production detail

Conductor: Ondrej Olos 
Director: Jiří Heřman   
First night on 16. April 2021 at Janáček Theatre


Giacomo Puccini
La bohème 

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.

Production detail

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.