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Cancellation of today’s Dalibor performance 4. 2. 2024

Dear audience, due to the unexpected indisposition of the title role during the production, we were forced to prematurely end the performance on 4 February 2024. Tickets can be exchanged for any other opera performance taking place before the end of this season.

Please exchange or return your tickets by the end of March 2024.

You can also resolve the situation online at storno@ndbrno.cz

Thank you for your understanding.

 

“Pre-premiere Opera glasses” of the Dalibor opera

Come and join us for a discussion with the production team of the new staging of the opera Dalibor by Bedřich Smetana!

Is Dalibor a hero or a villain?

Come and participate in our “Pre-premiere opera glass” before the first performances of our new opera productions to meet soloists, directors, conductors, scenographers and other members of the premiere production teams. Discussions about inspirations, pitfalls, expectations, and concepts, are all spiced up by live appearances from soloists, photographs, and stories from behind the scenes.

Director David Pountney in coproduction with the Welsh National Opera. Conductor Tomáš Hanus.

Pre-premiere opera glasses will take place in the Janáček Theatre at 6 p.m. 

Free entry

You can join us online on the live stream on youtube.

Premiere 2. February 2024.

By popular demand, the award-winning Peter Grimes production returns

The successful performance, which caused a wave of enthusiasm among the audience and critics and won the Musical Theater of the Year 2022 Divadelní noviny Award, returns to the Janáček Theater in November. Directed by David Radok, one of the best Czech directors, they managed to create a production about the fisherman Peter Grimes, who is condemned because of his difference by the entire village for a crime he did not commit. The power of prejudice and the sea meets the stormy power of perfect choirs in this production. The opera, beautiful and cruel as the elements of the sea, returns for only 4 performances.

You can see Peter Grimes in the lead role with Joachim Bäckström in the renewed premiere from November 17 at the Janáček Theater.

 

 

 

Jakub Hrusa Wins OPUS KLASSIK Conductor of the Year Award

In the 2023 OPUS KLASSIK awards, Jakub Hrůša has received the prestigious title of Conductor of the Year, recognizing his exceptional achievement for his recording of Hans Rott’s Symphony No. 1 with the Bamberg Symphony, released by Deutsche Grammophon.

BBC Music Magazine writes, “Since [the symphony’s] disinterring in 1989, there have been some fine recordings, but surely none more persuasive than this. Jakub Hrůša plainly loves the score and strives to characterise its every detail, drawing lovely playing from the Bamberg Symphony.”

Winners of the prestigious German award are selected by a specialist jury whose members represent the music and media industries.

 

You may listen to the recording at the official pages of the recording company Deutsche grammophon.

 

Sincere congratulations.

Audition for the opera orchestra for the position: to the double bass group

The director of the National Theater Brno, a contribution organization, is announcing an audition for the opera orchestra for the position:

in the group of double basses

Type of job: Part-time (0.5), probable start on 01/01/2024.

Compulsory songs for the audition:

Round 1:

two tempo-contrasting movements from one of the listed concerts:

K. Vaňhal, K. D. von Dittersdorf, G. Bottesini No.2, S. A. Kusevickij

Smetana – Bartered Bride – prelude Round 2:

orchestral part Smetana – Bartered Bride

Dvořák – Rusalka

Martinů – Plays about Mary

Janáček – Liška Bystrouška

A. Mozart – The Marriage of Figaro

Verdi – Otello, Rigoletto, Aida

Strauss – Der Rosenkavalier, Salome

Ch. Gounod – Faust leaf game

The audition will be held on 12/12/2023 at 10:00 a.m.

Registered participants will be invited in writing by e-mail. The material for the orchestral parts will be sent electronically only to duly registered applicants. Applications with a brief artistic biography, experience, address and telephone contact should be sent no later than 5 December 2023 either electronically to the email: rihak@ndbrno.cz or by post to the address: Artistic administration of the opera, Dvořákova 11, 657 70 Brno.

Contact person: Jan Řihák, secretary of the JO NdB orchestra, phone: +420 603 22 00 34, rihak@ndbrno.cz. MgA. Martin Glaser, former director of the NdB

 

 

Thalia Awards: Jaroslav Březina was the winner in the male opera category for the role of Herod in the production of the opera Salome

The winner in the Male Opera category was Jaroslav Březina, who charmed not only the Brno audience, but also the professional public with the role of Herod in the production of Salome by Richard Strauss, directed by David Radok and set to music by Marek Ivanović. “Jaroslav Březina, in the character of the king, who grants the perverse wish of his stepdaughter Salome and lets her bring the head of the prophet Jochanaan on a silver tray, created an excellent comprehensive study of a vain ruler, domineering and fearful, vainly smug and pitifully whining, teetering between fear of God and by my own desire. His performance was chilling.”

(source: https://cenythalie.cz/)

You can visit the production of the opera Salome at the Janáček Theater on Friday, October 27 or Saturday, November 25.

 

 

Prepremiere opera glass for The Jacobin

Visit Janáček theatre  26.09. 2023 at 6 p.m. for a debate with production team and soloists of the new production of the opera The Jacobin by Antonín Dvořák. Director Martin Glaser and musical staging by Jakub Klecker.

Free entry.

Main hall  of the Janáček theatre, no reservation needed.

We are from Bohemia and you ask if we can sing? An unknown couple arrives in a small Czech village from abroad and most of the locals watch them with suspicion. Only the old teacher Benda, a lover of music, opens his door to them, only to find that the strangers are closer to them than one might think.

 

Music in the leading role, that is one way to sum up Dvořák’s opera The Jacobin, for it is music that can change the fate of all the characters in the opera. At the same time, Dvořák has created a charming picture of a Czech town from the Enlightenment era populated with the peculiar figures of the music-loving teacher Benda, his stubborn daughter Terinka who is in love with the young teacher Jiřík or the conceited burgrave Filip. Perhaps it was the fond recollection of the circumstances of his own youth that brought so many charming, rich melodies, both exuberant and melancholic, into Dvořák’s music, whether it be the famous school cantata scene, the duet “We Have Wandered in Foreign Lands” or Juliet’s Lullaby. What better way to start the season of the Year of Czech Music than with The Jacobin, Dvořák’s tribute to Czech music and the people who love it above all else.

Premiere glass is in the czech language.

Premiere: 8 October 2023 at the Janáček Theatre

 

Robert Kružík will become the new chief conductor of the Janáček Opera from the 2025/26 season

Robert Kružík belongs to the youngest generation of our conductors. Already at the age of twenty-five, he accepted the offer of the artistic director Jiří Heřman to be engaged from the 2015/16 season in the Janáček Opera of the NdB, where he created a number of successful productions in collaboration with him and the director of the NdB Martin Glaser – The Queen of Spades with the legendary Soňa Červená, Rossini’s Count Ory, Evžen Onegin , Smetanova’s Libuše at the BVV, which became the production of the year and where he also presented himself as a solo cello player, the Greek Passions with a nomination for the international Opera Awards or the successful staging of the most demanding titles in opera literature, Strauss’s The Pink Cavalier and Verdi’s Otello. His great achievements also include collaboration with the National theater Brno ballet on a number of productions.

From the 2021/22 season he became the chief conductor of the Zlín Philharmonic, and from the 2018/19 season he is also the permanent guest conductor of the Brno Philharmonic, where he applies his extraordinary talent in the field of symphonic music.

He collaborated with leading solists such as violinists Esther Yoo, Josef Špaček, Jan Mráček and Jiří Vodička, cellists Raphael Wallfisch and Andrei Ionițǎ or Grammy winner Sumi Jo, Kateřina Kněžíková, Sung Kiu Park, phenomenal trumpeter Reinhold Friedrich and others. As a conductor, he has performed, for example, at the Mladá Praha festival, at the St. Wenceslaus music festival in Ostrava, at Smetana Litomyšl, at the Euphonia Festival in Warsaw, and in important concert halls and theaters. In May 2020, he made his debut at Prague Spring with the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has been passing on his experience to a new generation of conductors as a JAMU pedagogue since 2020. In 2020, he received the Jiří Bělohlávek Prize, which is awarded to young Czech artists under the age of thirty who have achieved extraordinary success in their field and who nurture the tradition of Czech music at home and abroad .

 

Choirmaster Emeritus of the Janáček Opera Josef Pančík is celebrating his 85th birthday

On September 7, Josef Pančík, Chorus Master Emeritus of the Opera of the National Theater Brno, celebrated his 85th birthday.

Josef Pančík joined the State Theater in Brno as choirmaster in 1965. Under his leadership, the choir of the Brno Opera achieved European importance. During his 52 years as a choirmaster, he performed 150 opera titles. Among the most important are the operas of Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Bohuslav Martinů, Antonín Dvořák, the complete opera work of Leoš Janáček and Bedřich Smetana. The Choir of the Janáček Opera of the State Theater in Brno also engaged in concert activities, performing oratorios and cantatas by Antonín Dvořák (Requiem, Stabat Mater, Wedding Shirt, St. Ludmila), Leoš Janáček (Glagolská mše, Amarus, Večné evangelium), Giuseppe Verdi (Requiem), Arthur Honegger (Joan of Arc), Hector Berlioz (The Curse of Faust), etc.

Josef Pančík cooperates with the opera of the National Theater Brno to this day.

 

Janáček’s Opera Choir reaps success at the German Ruhrtriennale festival

With the opera From the Dead House, the Janáček Opera Choir visited the Ruhrtriennale festival in Bochum, Germany, where the premiere took place on August 31, 2023. Under the baton of Dennis Russel-Davies and the direction of the stage designer and director Dmitri Tcherniakov, our Janáček opera male choir resounded in the Centennial Hall.

“There are no heroes in a Siberian prison camp. Whether they are poor or rich, educated or uneducated, aristocratic or not – here they are all equal and united by endless horror. Fyodor Dostoyevsky experienced it and described it in minute detail in his Notes from a Dead House. They served Leoš Janáček as a model for his last opera, which appeals to our compassion under the motto »In every creature is the spark of God«. Janáček gives each of the prisoners their own voice just to let them drown in polyphonic anonymity and indifference. Raw sounds and relentless rhythms make the harshness of camp reality almost physically palpable. Star director and scenic designer Dmitri Tcherniakov continues this idea in the enormous dimensions of the Centennial Hall: In a huge installation on the stage, he dissolves the protective separation between the artists: inside and the audience. We live in a ruthless prison world, we are inextricably linked with all the “unfortunates” who live here as the living dead.”

Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho has died

Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho died this morning. “One of the most inspiring composers in the history of music, Kaaija Saariaho, has left us. I am delighted that we were able to welcome this world music personality to the Janáček Opera and to perform her fascinating opera Love at a Distance. Her music is and will be with us forever. Honour her memory!” – Jiří Heřman, Artistic Director of Janáček Opera National theatre Brno

https://slippedisc.com/…/great-sadness-kaija-saariaho…/

Join us in remembering her visit to Brno, during which she spoke about her opera in the Czech television programme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPTl8JAra0g

The Czech premiere took place on 24 March 2017 at the Janáček Theatre, directed by Jiří Heřman and with musical direction by Marko Ivanović.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zae6bMh5b5E

Photo from the production of L’amour de loin, photographer Marek Olbrzymek

Preview of the opera Salome

Come and hear the production team and soloists of the new production of Richard Strauss’s SALOME!
The premiere will take place at the Janáček Theatre on 17 June 2023.
The work will be directed by David Radok.

Admission to the preview sneak peek is free.

You can also watch the sneak peek online HERE.

Audition for the opera orchestra for tutti in the 2nd violin group

The director of the National Theatre Brno, a contributory organisation, announces an audition for the position of tutti in the 2nd violin group in the opera orchestra.

1.0 hour; expected start as soon as possible
held on 27 February 2023 at 10:00
at the Janáček Theatre, 7 Rooseveltova Street, 657 70 Brno
Round I: A. Mozart: Violin Concerto in G major KV 216, or D major KV 218, or A major KV 219, always 1st movement with cadenza

Orchestral part: Smetana: The Bartered Bride (overture), G. Verdi: Otello, G. Smetana, G. Verdi, G. Dvorak, G. Dvorak. Otello: Otello, G. Puccini,

Round II: a movement of any violin concerto from the Romantic or 20th century.

Orchestral part. Verdi: Nabucco, Janáček: The Little Vixen, P. I. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty,

Round II will also include a play from the page

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Duly registered participants will be invited.

The material of the orchestral parts will be sent upon request to the registered participants by e-mail.

The NdB does not provide the accompanist.

Applications together with a brief artistic CV, work experience, address and telephone contact should be sent electronically by 24 February 2023 at the latest to schuster@ndbrno.cz

Contact person: Petr Schuster, Secretary of the JO NdB Orchestra, tel: +420 724/344365

 

 

MgA. Jiří Heřman, Artistic director of Janáček opera of the National Theatre Brno

MgA. Martin Glaser a.s. Director of the National Theatre Brno

 

Audition for the opera orchestra for the position of tutti in the 1st violin group

The director of the National Theatre Brno, a contributory organisation, announces an audition for the opera orchestra for the position of tutti in the 1st violin group for two full-time positions, to be held on 17 February 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at the Janáček Theatre, Rooseveltova Street 7, 657 70 Brno.

Round I: A. Mozart: Violin Concerto in G Major KV 216, or D Major KV 218, or A Major KV 219, always 1st movement with cadenza

Orchestral part: Smetana: The Bartered Bride

Round II: World Violin Concerto – fast movement

Orchestral part: S. Prokofiev: Cinderella, G. Puccini: La Bohème, A. Dvořák: Rusalka, G. Verdi: Otello, A. Mozart: The Magic Flute, L. Janáček: Jenůfa, P. I. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake

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Duly registered participants will be invited.

Material for orchestral parts will be sent upon request to registered participants by e-mail.

The NdB does not provide the accompanist.

Applications together with a brief artistic CV, work experience, address and telephone contact should be sent electronically to schuster@ndbrno.cz by 14 February 2023 at the latest.

Contact person: Petr Schuster, Secretary of the JO NdB Orchestra, tel: +420 724/344365

 

 

MgA. Jiří Heřman, Artistic director of Janáček opera of the National Theatre Brno

MgA. Martin Glaser, Director of the National Theatre Brno

 

ALCINA is the production of the year 2022

ALCINA is the production of the year 2022 according to Divadelní noviny! The competition was really huge and we are all the more pleased that our Alcina, directed by Jiří Heřman and scored by Václav Luks, took first place. Thank you, we appreciate it very much!

Luboš Mareček, theatre publicist and critic, Brno: ,,The superb music by the masterful performance of the Collegio 1704 led by Václav Luks, the inventive direction by Jiří Heřman, which guides the audience clearly through the muddled plot and is incredibly action-packed, but also the breathtaking set by Dragan Stojčevski as an imaginative tribute to the illusionism, principles and practices of Baroque theatre. Crème de la Crème: top singers from around the world – the superb Karina Gauvin as the magician Alcina alternating with the magnificent local Pavla Vykopalova, the incomparable Doubravka Součková as Morgana and the breathtaking Kangmin Justin Kim as Ruggiero, and a host of other delicious voices. Another extraordinary quality of Heřman’s production is the choreography by Jan Kodet and the excellent performances by the ballet company. I would like to express my great appreciation to the Brno opera company, which in difficult times of the covid managed to produce such a top opera production of European parameters. Brno’s Alcina is a true theatrical miracle!

Alcina returns to the Janáček Theatre once again and we are already looking forward to the February and March performances. Once again, you can also look forward to the Collegium 1704 orchestra, which is one of the best ensembles in the field of historically informed interpretation today. The French theatres in Caen and Versailles, where Janáček Opera also staged Alcina last year, are also partners in the production and it was a great success. Brno audiences will thus be able to see the same production as audiences in leading French opera houses.

100th anniversary of the birth of opera singer Marie Steinerová

Marie Steinerová, a soloist of the National Theatre Brno and a key representative of the Janáček roles in particular, would have celebrated her 100th birthday on 10 January 2023. The National Theatre Brno will dedicate a performance of Puccini’s Tosca to the singer on 10 February 2023 at the Janáček Theatre. A portrait of the artist will also be on display in the first order foyer of the Janáček Theatre from 10 January.

Marie Steiner, née Štrosová, came from an artistic family. Her father was the actor and musician Miroslav Štros, and her mother Marie Minářová-Štrosová was an opera singer, among others a soloist at the NdB Opera in 1929-1931. Marie Steinerová studied at the State Conservatory under professors Hilbert Vávra and Bela Chalabalová-Rozumová, and as a student she made her debut on the stage of the Ostrava theatre with the title role of Dvořák’s Rusalka (1943). During her studies she gained experience at the Vlasta Burian Theatre, in the opera company of the 5 May Theatre and in the opera of the Ostrava Theatre, where she was engaged from 1946-1948. She regularly appeared as a guest artist in a number of Czech theatres, including the National Theatre in Prague, but her home stage from 1948 until her retirement in 1981 was the National Theatre in Brno.

Her repertoire included heavy dramatic roles, among the most successful of which were Milada in Smetana’s Dalibor, Gretel in The Bartered Bride, Libuše, the Foreign Princess in Rusalka, the title role of Aida in Verdi’s opera, Tosca in Puccini’s opera, Ortrud in Wagner’s Lohengrin and Marina in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. A separate chapter are the characters in Leoš Janáček’s operas, which were the singer’s domain: Emilia Marty in The Makropulos Affair, Míla’s mother in Fate, Kabanicha in Kate Kabanová, Jenůfa and especially her beloved Kostelnička in Her Shepherdess. She also often chose Janáček repertoire for her concert performances.

In addition to her own artistic activities, she was a teacher, teaching singing at the Brno Conservatory and the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts. Marie Steinerová is the recipient of numerous awards. In 1954, she won first place in the singing competition for the Emma Destinova Prize, she also received the Senior Prix, the DIVA Prize and the Thalia Prize for lifetime mastery in the field of opera. Until her late teens she was actively interested in cultural, political and sports events, participated in meetings with the audience in the programmes of the Friends of Opera and Ballet Club and worked as a voice consultant.

Jitka Nováková

 

Co chcete vědět o opeře a nebojíte se zeptat aneb Diskuze s tvůrci po představení

Odcházíte z přestavení opery nejen plni hudby, ale i otázek, na které byste rádi znali odpovědi? Pak je náš nový projekt přesně pro vás. Od nového roku začínáme s řadou diskusí s inscenátory, které se budou konat přímo po představení ve foyer Janáčkova divadla. Budete mít jedinečnou možnost se setkat se členy inscenačních týmů a diskutovat s nimi o tom, co jste právě zhlédli. Začínáme 21. 1. po představení Z mrtvého domu / Glagolská mše.

“Ježíškova vnoučata” at today’s The Miracles of Mary

Today we will have a rare visitor at the Janáček Theatre. “Ježíškova vnoučata” are coming to see the performance of the play about Mary! “Ježíškova vnoučata” is a year-round project of the Czech Radio (Český rozhlas) Foundation, the main highlight of which is the pre-Christmas collection. On the website jeziskovavnoucata.cz, people have the opportunity to choose from thousands of wishes of seniors, which are then fulfilled. Alongside the wish list, a fundraiser is also open to pay for expensive wishes on the list that individuals cannot afford. But also subsequently for the rest of the year the activities and needs of seniors in the thousand participating facilities of the Czech Republic. So that their lives are happier, easier and more fulfilled.

And today, on behalf of the National Theatre Brno, we would like to make the festive season more pleasant for one such group. In addition to a beautiful performance, guests will meet the artistic director of the opera, Jiří Heřman, the commercial director, Robert Štěrba, and enjoy snacks in one of our beautiful lounges.

“Ježíškova vnoučata” will be accompanied by Czech Radio editor Eliška Mádrová, who will be recording the whole evening.

We hope that everyone will enjoy the evening and make their pre-Christmas time more enjoyable.

 

Konkurz na externí role do opery Salome

Konkurz na externí role do opery Salome

Soubor Janáčkovy opery Národního divadla Brno vypisuje konkurz na externí role v připravované opeře Richarda Strausse SALOME (režie: David Radok, choreografie: Andrea Miltnerová), která bude mít premiéru v Janáčkově divadle, dne 17. 6. 2023.

Požadavky:

  • hledáme 10 externistů – muže i ženy s hereckým a pohybovým nadáním – schopnost vyjádřit různé kvality pohybu, schopnost improvizace
  • požadovaný věk 18-75 let
  • časová flexibilita – zkoušky pondělí-pátek v dopolední (10-13.00) a večerní frekvenci
    (18-20.00)
  • zkoušky budou probíhat v období 17.4.2023-15.6.2023 v Janáčkově divadle
  • 3 představení v červnu 2023, 3 představení v sezóně 2023-2024

Konkurz se bude konat dne 12. 12. 2022 od 15.00 hodin na zkušebním jevišti v Janáčkově divadle.
Registrace přihlášených bude probíhat od 14.30 h na zkušebním jevišti v Janáčkově divadle.

Své životopisy společně s fotografií (portrét+celá postava) zasílejte do středy 7. 12. 2022 na email: kaane@seznam.cz (Kateřina Prášková, vedoucí komparsu NdB). Tel.: 775 094 482.

Na konkurz si přineste cvičební/taneční oblečení a boty.

The Greek Passion is nominated for The International Opera Awards

We are delighted to be shortlisted in this year’s #OperaAwards2022, taking place at the stunning Teatro Real! Huge thanks to everyone who submitted a nomination The International Opera Awards. We are nominated with our production of The Greek Passion directed by Jiří Heřman.

Among the other nominees in our category are: Bregenz Festival: “Madama Butterfly” (d. Andreas Homoki); English National Opera: “The Handmaid’s Tale” (d. Annilese Miskimmon); Festival d’Aix-en-Provence: “L’incoronazione di Poppea” (d. Ted Huffman); Glyndebourne: “La Voix humaine/Les Mamelles de Tirésias” (d. Laurent Pelly) & Salzburg Festival: Il trittico (d. Christof Loy)

 

photo: Marek Olbrzymek

Janáček Brno 2022 QUO VADIS Festival will be launched this autumn

Four top Czech conductors at one festival! In the coming edition, the Janáček Brno Festival will bring together famous Czech conductors Jakub Hrůša, Tomáš Hanus, Tomáš Netopil and Marko Ivanović.

The eighth edition of the Janáček Brno festival, which falls in 2022, has a very apt theme: “Quo Vadis”, which is a quote from Feliks Nowowiejski’s spiritual cantata, Leoš Janáček´s favourite work. It carries a great humanistic message that can be seen reflected in Janáček´s own works, particularly those with Slavic inspiration. 

The Janáček Brno festival will take place on 2nd – 20th November 2022, and visitors will once again be treated to a busy programme featuring leading opera houses, renowned conductors, directors and performers. “The Janáček Brno festival won one of the most prestigious awards opera festivals can win. It is the first and so far only opera and music festival in the Czech Republic to have received The International Opera Award for the best festival of 2018,” recalls Martin Glaser, the director of Brno National Theatre. 

In 2022, the festival will offer exceptional opera and concert productions. The opening ceremony will present an extraordinary project. “More than two years ago, conductor Jakub Hrůša approached me with the idea of performing Janáček´s opera From the House of the Dead together with his Glagolitic Mass on stage. Such an impulse could not be resisted, especially with National Theatre Brno’s Janáček Opera ensemble on hand, as it is one of the best performers of Janáček´s music. The production will be broadcast live as part of the OperaVision programme, which we are involved in.” says Jiří Heřman, who is both the artistic director of the Janáček Opera at National Theatre Brno, and the director of the production itself. 

The festival traditionally shows the huge range of options that exist when it comes to interpreting Janáček´s operas, and the year 2022 will be no exception. The Grand Théâtre de Genève will be there with a production of Katya Kabanova directed by Tatjana Gürbaca, under Tomáš Netopil´s musical direction. Prague National Theatre will present a production of the same opera, directed by Calixto Bieito and conducted by Jaroslav Kyzlink. Spectators can thus look forward to two very interesting interpretative perspectives on the work. 

Another singular performance will be given by the Welsh National Opera, which will present The Makropulos Case directed by Olivia Fuchs, with musical direction by Tomas Hanus. Prague’s National Theatre will end the festival with the opera Flames by Ervín Schulhoff, again directed by Calixto Bieito. “Flames provides an interesting parallel to The Makropulos Case. Where Janáček´s Elina finds freedom through death, the finality of which gives our lives substance and meaning, Schulhoff´s Don Juan is punished for his deeds by having to remain forever immortal,” adds Patricia Částková, dramaturge at the Janáček Opera, National Theatre Brno. 

The festival’s concert series reflects the inspiration that Slavic culture brought not only to Janáček´s oeuvre, but also to the work of other composers, especially his contemporaries. Among the rich variety of concerts lies the aforementioned cantata Quo Vadis under the baton of John Fiore, with the orchestra of the Janáček Opera, National Theatre Brno, and the Slovak National Theatre choir. “Janáček wanted to perform Quo Vadis at all costs in 1910, but was unable to put an orchestra together. So, after 112 years, we will get to hear the work that Janáček wished so very much to have performed here in Brno,” says musicologist Jiří Zahrádka. Other concerts will also feature excellent institutions such as the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Welsh National Opera orchestra and the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra. The chamber concert series will feature top ensembles like the Pavel Haas Quartet and the Zemlinsky Quartet. Additionally, Janáček´s The Diary of One Who Disappeared will also make an appearance, in two versions, the first being an internationally acclaimed production with Julius Drake, Nicky Spence and Václava Krejčí Housková, and the second boasting instrumentation by Miloš Štědroň and showcasing the equally well-known performer Iva Bittová and leading Czech tenor Jaroslav Březina.

The festival also supports and gives space to the youngest generation of artists, in cooperation with the Brno Conservatory and the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts. The programme will include, for example, two premieres of new operas by composers Markéta Brothánková and Noemi Savková. 

Further information and a complete programme can be found at www.janacek-brno.cz.

Summer with Opera 2022 will be played in Mikulov Amphitheatre

Janáček Opera of the National Theatre Brno is preparing a spectacular summer programme in the open air. The popular open-air performances by the Janáček Opera’s renowned soloists, choir and orchestra will take place at the Mikulov Amphitheatre, which will host the famous operas La traviata (30 August) and Carmen (31 August).
Since last year, the summer atmosphere of the Janáček Opera of the National Theatre Brno has been based in the picturesque Mikulov, in addition to Brno’s Špilberk Castle. The local amphitheatre invites to a pleasant, informal sitting under the open sky, with a view of Mikulov’s attributes and a glass of local wine in hand. Buses from Brno and the surrounding Czech and Austrian villages will be available to Mikulov from the ČEBUS travel agency.
“Summer evenings with the Janáček Opera are undoubtedly among the most inspiring and unforgettable. The surroundings of Špilberk Castle and the Mikulov Amphitheatre are for our company an environment in which we have been a little closer to you, the audience, for seven years now. This year’s programme brings works of world opera classics with exceptional performers from our successful company,” describes the artistic director of the opera Jiří Heřman.
Among the soloists to be presented in Mikulov are Jana Šrejma Kačírková as Violetta, Jana Hrochová as Carmen and Peter Berger will sing both Don José in Carmen and Alfredo Germont in La traviata.
The best soloists of the Janáček Opera of the National Theatre Brno will perform in Mikulov.
The event is under the auspices of the Mayor of Mikulov Rostislav Koštial.

You can get your tickets here and here.

The final of the Janáček Brno Festival will take place this autumn.

The finale of last year’s Janáček Brno Festival will take place this autumn. You can look forward to rescheduled performances and concerts. You have a unique opportunity to enjoy the festival in an unconventional way also in an odd year.

What can you look forward to in this special year?

𝟮𝟴.𝟬𝟵. folklore concert of CHURCH SONGS FROM ABOVE in Červený Kostel Brno
𝟮𝟭.𝟭𝟬. CHILDREN’S CHOIR BRNO in Reduta Theatre
𝟱.𝟭𝟭. premiere of Bohuslav Martinů’s opera Greek Passions in Janáček Theatre
𝟭𝟯.𝟭𝟭. RECITAL OF TOMÁŠE KRÁLE AND MATAN PORAT in Vila Tugendhat
𝟮𝟬.𝟭𝟭. CONCERT OF THE PRAGUE PHILHARMONIC CHOIR in Besední dům
𝟮𝟲. and 𝟮𝟳.𝟭𝟭. opera by Leoš Janáček FATE in Janáček Theatre
𝟯𝟬.𝟭𝟭. RECITAL OF PAVOL BRESLIK AND RÓBERT PECHANCE in Reduta Theatre

 

Online Premiere of Nabucco

Due to the fact that Czech theatres are still closed, we have decided to make the premiere of our latest production available online. It is a new adaptation of Verdi´s opera Nabucco with the excellent world-renowned soloists Dalibor Jenis, Csilla Boross and Enrico Casari.

The current situation makes it extremely difficult for theatres to operate. Therefore, you can support us by buying tickets priced at either 100, 200 or 500 CZK according to your possibilities. If you choose the most expensive option, we will send you a signed photograph of Dalibor Jenis or Csilla Boross as a token of our gratitude.

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How to watch the online premiere:
1) Buy a ticket online
2) Enter the e-ticket code for viewing here: https://ppv.livebox.cz/ndb_nabucco/
3) If you bought a ticket for CZK 500, please send us your address to e-mail: storkova@ndbrno.cz and we will send you a signed photo

Verdi´s Nabucco has consistently been one of the most popular pieces in the Brno Opera´s repertoire since 1985. The work, which soon after its premiere in 1842 became a symbol of the struggle for freedom of the nation and of worship, also contains another, much more intimate story about love and family relationships. Both were transformed by the Italian master into captivating music, and even though it is the choir that gets to sing the most famous part “Va, pensiero, sull’ali dorate” (Fly, thought, on golden wings…), the actors in the main roles also get their fair share. The born playwright Verdi wrote virtuoso parts for them, full of passion and temperament.

The main protagonists will be performed by the best of the best in the new production directed by Jiří Heřman with music direction by Ondrej Olos. Soprano Csilla Boross is returning to the Brno stage in the role of Abigaille, and Enrico Casari is no stranger here either, as he played Živný excellently in the autumn premiere of Janáček´s Destiny.  Slovak baritone Dalibor Jenis, star of the world’s leading opera houses,  will be playing the title role on the Janáček Theatre stage for the first time. He has been guesting at prestigious institutions like the Vienna State Opera, London Covent Garden, Milano La Scala and the Opéra Bastille in Paris for more than 25 years. Nabucco and other Verdi roles lie among his domains.

In the attached videos, director Jiří Heřman, dramaturg Patricie Částková and conductor Ondrej Olos invite you to an online performance.

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