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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.

 

CANCELLATION OF TODAY AND SUNDAY PRESENTATION OF PETER GRIMES

CANCELLATION OF TODAY AND SUNDAY PRESENTATION OF PETER GRIMES

Dear audience, we are very sorry, but due to the sudden illness of the protagonist of the title role, Mr. Joachim Bäckström, we are forced to cancel today’s and Sunday’s (17 and 19 November 2023) performances of Peter Grimes.
Audiences can exchange their tickets for any opera performance in the 23/24 season. We plan to perform the Peter Grimes production for the last time on 13 and 15 December 2023.
The exchange must be carried out by the end of the calendar year 2023. The options are either online at storno@ndbrno.cz, or physically at the NDB pre-sale at Dvořákova Street 11.

We apologize to all viewers.

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.

 

 

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.”

Open-air concert

Join the celebrations of the opening of the 2023/2024 season of the National Theater Brno!

On September 7, 2023, the piazzetta in front of Janáček´s theater will come alive with open air concert by Janáček´s opera NdB.

We start at 18:00. Entry is free!

At this wonderful musical event, we will also present to you all the premieres and festivals of the NdB that await us in the new season.

We have prepared for you examples from the NdB opera titles as well as music examples from the premiere productions of the upcoming season.

You can look forward to the soloists of Janaček´s opera: Tereza Kyzlinková, Ondřej Koplík, Andrea Široká, Roman Hoza, Pavla Vykopalová, Jan Šťáva, Jana Šrejma Kačírková and Peter Berger. The choir and orchestra of the Janáček Opera will also be present.

This year, the NdB drama has also prepared a program for you and you can look forward for the actors Martin Sláma and Kateřina Liďáková.

As part of the event, a specially tuned Fashion Market by Love Music will take place right on the piazzetta.

Come celebrate the beginning of the new theater season with us!

Easter shows of Ballet NdB 2

On 6th and 7th of April don’t miss the second programme of the junior company NdB 2 called Adam and Eve / REM / Pampúšik.

You can look forward to three original choreographies made for these young dancers. Biblical, dream themes or a small manifesto of childhood accompanied by classical and contemporary music with impressive set design. Each show also includes a screening of a video documentary about this young company. It captures the circumstances of its creation, introduces you to the company members themselves and takes you behind the scenes of Ballet NdB 2’s first ever premiere on 31st of October 2022.

After the show, there will be an exclusive discussion with the choreographers in the auditorium.

 

 

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

 

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

 

“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.

 

100th show of The Nutcracker!

The family ballet The Nutcracker, choreographed by Fernand Nault, had its premiere in Brno in 2014. This year we will celebrate the 100th run of this popular family ballet.

Do you enjoy ballet and want to take a look behind the curtain, meet the main characters, try on costumes or just spend a beautiful afternoon in the biggest functionalist theatre? In celebration of the 100th run of The Nutcracker, we have prepared another Family Day with Ballet NdB for you on Thursday December 8th 2022! Come learn world dances from The Nutcracker or meet the King of Sweets!

We look forward to seeing you on December 8th from 16:00 in the foyer of Janáček Theatre.

Janáček Brno festival has had another successful year and record sales

Once again something quite extraordinary has been achieved in Brno – the internationally highly acclaimed Janáček Brno festival brought a world-class programme from 2 to 20 November, to which both the Czech and foreign public reacted positively with large audience numbers. The city where Leoš Janáček lived and worked, and which is essentially linked to the festival is making full use of its assets and with an ever-increasing standard. The festival has proven that even the coronavirus restrictions of last year did not diminish the interest of the audience, which has been demonstrated by the highest sales in the history of the festival. But Janáček Brno 2022 is not over yet – the last “echo” in the form of the performance From the House of the Dead / Glagolitic Mass on 26 November is still scheduled, so the numbers will grow even higher.

In numbers, Janáček Brno 2022 surpassed many limits: an example is the sales of festival tickets, which totalled a record of CZK 4 269 249. The festival was attended by 10 744 paying spectators, so the average attendance was 73,3 %.

During the 19 days, a total of 36 productions were performed, some of which were world premieres or constituted a programme specially created for the festival. The younger generation, led by the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno and the Brno Conservatory, was also given space.

Selected festival photos are available for download on the festival FLICKR.

The Janáček Brno 2024 festival will take place between 1 and 24 November 2024. Pre-sale of tickets for the festival will be officially launched on 4 November 2023. All information about the festival, including archives of past years, can be found on the website www.janacek-brno.cz

Royal Opera House appoints Jakub Hrůša as Music Director

The Royal Opera House announces the appointment of Jakub Hrůša as Music Director of The Royal Opera. Hrůša will assume the position of Music Director Designate with immediate effect and will begin his tenure as Music Director in September 2025. We are really happy, that this so talented artist is now working on our new production of Glagolitic mass / From the House of the Dead with our artistic director Jiří Heřman.

REVIEW

Read our beautiful review of La traviata, which we performed in August at the Mikulov amphitheatre. Review HERE.

Results of the talent exams for I. V. Psota Ballet School!

Thank you for your interest in I. V. Psota Ballet School!

The results of the talent exams can be found HERE!

 

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.

Conditions for entering the I. V. Psota Ballet School courses from 22nd of November.

From 22 November 2021, the following conditions for entering the I. V. Psota Ballet School courses apply:

Dear parents and visitors of the I. V. Psota Ballet School, please read the following obligations to enter the ballet courses carefully:

We dance and practice without respirators, but it is necessary to have them on in all other public areas on the premises.

It is necessary to show one of the following documents to your lecturer:

  • confirmation of vaccination (at least 14 days after complete vaccination),
  • confirmation of the recovery (less than 180 days after your positive Covid Test)

Exceptions:

  • children under the age of 12 do not have to prove their infectivity by a test, but please do not bring children who are unhealthy (flu, etc.) in the courses: it is better to replace the lesson later in another group when the child is healthy
  • you can show a negative PCR test (not older than 72 hours) if you are between 12 and 18 years old and you are “in the process of vaccination” (i.e. after the first dose and before 14 days have passed since the second dose)
  • you cannot be vaccinated for health reasons (this fact must be entered by your doctor in the ISIN Infectious Diseases Information System) and you will prove this fact by a medical certificate

 

Thank you for following the regulations to help us create a safe environment for the school to remain open!

Ballet school – autumn break

Dear parents and students of I. V. Psota Ballet school,

Classes for children will not be taking place on the 27th and 29th of October due to the school holidays. Classes for adults will not be affected.

The entire Ballet school (classes for children and adults) will be closed from 23rd of December, 2021 until 9th of Januray, 2022.

CONDITIONS FOR ENTERING THE THEATER

Rules and recommendations

Theater performances can take place.

In areas with a capacity of up to 3,000 spectators, all spectators must demonstrate that one of the following conditions is met upon arrival:

  • have a negative RT-PCR test not exceeding 7 days old,
  • have a negative RAT antigen test up to 72 hours old,
  • pass a self-test on the spot with a negative result,
  • have a confirmation from a health service provider of passing a RAT antigen test under the supervision of a healthcare professional through an online service with a negative result no more than 24 hours before the event,
  • have laboratory confirmation of having recovered from covid-19 disease in the period not longer than 180 days before the day of the event,
  • have proof of covid-19 vaccination, with at least 14 days since the last vaccine dose (second for two-dose vaccines, first for single-dose vaccines).

In larger areas, at least 50% of spectators over the limit of 3,000 people must be fully vaccinated or must meet the condition of having covid-19 in the past. Another 50% of viewers can prove infectivity in other ways.

Also, everyone present must have a respirator without an exhalation valve of min. class FFP2 (KN95 / N95) on at all times.

Tickets for DANCE BRNO 2021 festival are on sale now!

Ballet Company of the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Pilsen – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Dustin Klein

18th of October at the Mahen Theatre  TICKETS

The Czech National Ballet in Prague – Forsythe / Clug / McGregor

19th of October at the Janáček Theatre TICKETS

South Bohemian Theatre Ballet in České Budějovice – Radio Free Cunning Little Vixen

Petr Zuska

20th of October at the Mahen Theatre TICKETS

National Moravian-Silesian Theatre Ballet in Ostrava – Rossini Cards

Mauro Bigonzetti, Juanjo Arques

21st of October at the Janáček Theatre  TICKETS

Moravian Theatre Olomouc Ballet – Giselle

Michal Štípa

22nd of October at the Mahen Theatre TICKETS

Ballet of the National Theatre Brno – The Lady of the Camellias

Valentina Turcu

23rd of October at the Janáček Theatre TICKETS