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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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