The Janáček Opera at the Litomyšl festival and live on Radio Vltava

For this year's 59th Smetana's Litomyšl festival, the Janáček Opera NdB is presenting two opera productions and a joint closing concert. From 9pm on 4 July 2017, audiences at the main festival stage at the Castle Courtyard can see A. Ponchielli's La Gioconda directed by Tomáš Pilař with the Hungarian soprano Csilla Boross in the title role. As with this year's premiere at the Janáček Theatre in February, the role of Enzo Grimaldo will be sung by the Korean tenor Sung Kyu Park. The orchestra of the Janáček Opera will be conducted by Jaroslav Kyzlink.

The Litomyšl festival at the Castle Courtyard will then switch the very next day, Wednesday 5 July 2017, from this Venetian drama to the favourite Czech operetta, Polish Blood. It is also directed by Tomáš Pilař with main soloists Andrea Široká, Marta Reichelová, Jan Šťáva, Petr Levíček, and Jaroslav Březina, the guest singer of the group, as Boleslav Baraňski. The orchestra of the Janáček Opera NdB will be conducted by Jakub Klecker.

The National Theatre Brno will also be strongly represented at the closing concert of Smetana's Litomyšl. Conducted by Ondrej Lenárd and accompanied by the Czech Radio Symphonic Orchetra (SOČR), the soloists and chorus of the Janáček Opera led by choirmaster Josef Pančík, and the Masaryk University Choir led by Michal Vajda, will present scenes and ensemble pieces from the operas Nabucco, Aida, Otello, Macbeth, La forze del destino, Cavalleria rusticana, Madama Butterfly, Mephistofeles, Faust, Eugene Onegin and The Brandenburgers in Bohemia. The concert at the Castle Courtyard is on Thursday 6 July 2017 from 7.30pm. It is also available live to listeners of Czech Radio Vltava.