Twenty-seven top-class productions over twelve days and in twenty concert halls in the Moravian capital of Brno. The world’s foremost directors and musicians and unique productions: Káťa Kabanová, From the House of the Dead, Bluebeard’s Castle and Expectation with the world-class mezzo-soprano Katarina Karnéus, The Diary of One Who Disappeared with Toby Spence and Julius Drake, an outstanding choral series with the Grammy award-winning Arnold Schönberg Chor and many others. All of this from the 7th to 18th of October as part of the 5th Janáček Brno 2016 International Theatre and Music Festival.
The festival opens with the eagerly anticipated premiere of Janáček’s Káťa Kabanová, directed by the world-famous Canadian director Robert Carsen, and conducted by the excellent young Slovak conductor Ondrej Olos. At a press conference, Ondrej said of the musical side of the performance that “Káťa is Janáček’s most lyrical and poetic opera.” Starring in the main roles are Pavla Vykopalová (Káťa), Eva Urbanová (Kabanicha) and the Danish tenor Magnus Vigilius (Boris). The Janáček Opera is the first opera ensemble in the Czech Republic to perform one of Robert Carsen’s productions. In November of this year Káťa Kabanová celebrates 95 years since its premiere here in Brno.
Tickets are still on sale online at www.ndbrno.cz/program and at another 150 ticket centres across the Czech Republic. Any remaining tickets will be available at venues one hour before the start of the performance.