Unfortunately the inclement weather has taken its toll on the health of British tenor Ian Bostridge. For health reasons he is unable to perform in Brno on 8 October at 7pm at the Besední dům. However, the festival has managed something of an artisitc coup, which has quickly seen this concert become the insider’s tip for the Janáček Brno 2016 festival. The reason for this is the arrival in Brno of another excellent British tenor, Toby Spence, who will be making his Czech debut. The date, venue, time and concert programme all remain unchanged, apart from the Gypsy Melodies, which will be performed by Václava Krejčí Housková. Tickets remain valid. If you have any queries, please contact the NdB Customer Centre, Tel: 542 158 120, email: obchodni@ndbrnocz
Toby Spence’s career includes performances at opera houses such as the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the San Francisco Opera, the Opéra national de Paris, the English National Opera, the Bavarian State Opera, and the Teatro Real in Madrid. He has sung at prestigious festivals including the Salzburger Festspiele, the Aix-en-Provence festival, and the famous festival in Edinburgh. He has worked with many outstanding conductors: Sir Simon Rattle, Andris Nelsons, Thomas Adés, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and Semyon Bychkov. Some of the orchestras he has sung with include the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Houston Symphony.
His opera engagements for 2017 include appearances as Don Ottavio (Mozart: Don Giovanni) at the Gran Teatre del Liceu and as Edward Fairfax Vere (Britten: Billy Budd) at the Teatro Real in Madrid.
Toby Spence performed Janáček’s The Diary of One Who Disappeared as part of these festivals and concert seasons:
Milton Court, Guildhall, London (2015)
Cheltenham Festival (2013)
Wigmore Hall, London (2013)