Ensemble Opera Diversa is preparing a joint concert with flute player Michaela Koudelková. Works by the authors of the 20th century will be played and the premiere will take place of the composition Quasi lontano, which the ensemble commissioned from Petra Čtveráčková. The concert will take place at the Convent of Merciful Brothers in Brno under the baton of Gabriela Tardonová.
The Leoš Janáček International Competition will once again be held in Brno. This year's festival hosts over two hundred young musicians under 35 from almost thirty countries. The competition is organized by the Faculty of Music of the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno and performers in the fields of flute and clarinet will perform at the Brno Academy of Arts.
The Academy of Early Music organizes a masterclass of mezzo-soprano Dagmar Šašková with a focus on French Baroque music. The course is open to all lovers of Baroque music, without any age limitation. It is suitable for both active and passive participation; registration of participants will be possible only until tomorrow, 24 September 2019.
The motto of the 2019/20 operatic season is the Searching… Already the very first premiere is dedicated to the theme of the search for love. The Tales of Hoffmann by Jacque Offenbach are being prepared by the duo of directors SKUTR (which stands for Martin Kukučka and Lukáš Trpišovský). This opera returns to the stage of the Janáček Theatre after almost twenty years, this time in a musical production by Ondrej Olos. The main roles will be performed by soloists of Janáček Opera of the National Theatre Brno, and regular guests of the ensemble will also appear. The leading female roles will feature, for example, Markéta Cukrová, Slovak soprano Martina Masaryková, Pavla Vykopalová and Daniela Straková-Šedrlová. The male parts will be performed by Luciano Mastro and Mickael Spadaccinni, or, for example, Ondrej Mráz and Jiří Sulženko.
Moravian Autumn festival celebrates 50 years. It will open with an opera by Phil Glass with Suzanne Vega
Bohuslav Martinů and composers related with him and with France. Composers celebrating the jubilee as well as the Moravian Autumn festival. These are the main themes of this year's edition. The festival runs from late September to mid-October. It will open with Einstein on the Beach, a minimalist opera by Philip Glass, in which Suzanne Vega takes on the role of the narrator. The festival will culminate with two life anniversaries, celebrated by the chief conductor of the Brno Philharmonic, Dennis Russell Davies, and Hungarian conductor, composer and teacher Peter Eötvös.
A concert cycle of Czech Ensemble Baroque entitled Bacha na Mozarta! [in Czech, this is a pun meaning both "Bach on Mozart!" and "Beware of Mozart!"] will open the season in Brno with the world première of Offertoria by Pavel Josef Vejvanovský. The first concert of the 8th season of this cycle will take place in the Church of St. Michael.
In the premises of the neo-Gothic Czech Brethren Evangelical Church of J. A. Comenius, on the fifth evening of the Moravian Autumn festival, a performance of sacred music for choir and organ took place. In addition to the choir of the same name, Martinů Voices was also dominated by the organist Linda Sítková and a four-member ensemble of French horns. All this under the direction of choirmaster Lukáš Vasilek.
The third event of this year's Moravian Autumn festival was transferred to a theatre stage. The event was made happen by Terén, which is a platform acting as a third stage of the Centre of Experimental Theatre, right after the Goose on a String and HaDivadlo theatres. And it was on this particular stage of the Goose on a String where the world premiere of a stage production of Oedipus by André Gide took place yesterday. Composer Bohuslav Martinů stands behind its equally important incidental music.
The jubilee 50th Moravian Autumn music festival started yesterday at Bobycentrum in Brno with a concert performance of the minimalist opera Einstein on the Beach by composer Philip Glass and director Robert Wilson. The concert version was created by collaboration of visual artist Germaine Kruip, Suzanne Vega and Ictus Ensemble and Collegium Vocale Gent. Although only the music remained from the previously stage show, the length of the concert itself was comparable with the opera work. Hence, the evening lasted almost four hours.
The National Theatre Brno started its new season yesterday by staging The Tales of Hoffmann, an opéra fantastique by French composer Jacques Offenbach with French libretto written by poet Jules Barbier. Directing was undertaken by the recognized artistic tandem SKUTR, consisting of Martin Kukučka and Lukáš Trpišovský. The title role was presented by Luciano Mastro, his faithful companion Nicklausse (and also the figure of the Muse at the end of the show) was performed by Markéta Cukrová. The roles of Hoffmann's sweethearts Olympia, Antonia, Giulietta and Stella have were performed by Martina Masaryková, Pavla Vykopalová, Daniela Straková-Šedrlová and Andrea Široká. The character of Hoffmann's eternal rival (Lindorf/Coppélius/Miracle/ Dappertutto) was interpreted by Ondrej Mráz. The orchestra was led by Ondrej Olos, the choir by Klára Složilová Roztočilová.
The Brno Philharmonic launched its 64th season yesterday, which is also the second season of its current Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Dennis Russell Davies. Beside him, the leading Russian pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja also stood on the stage of the Brno Stadium. Brahms' Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 3 in E major and the Czech premiere of the composition DA.MA.SHI.E by the Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi's, connected with animated films of director Hayao Miyazaki, were chosen for the ceremonial start.
The fourteenth season of the Subscription Concert Cycle was launched yesterday evening by the Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno with captivating music. A jubilant, almost festive programme was played in the Besední dům, following a performance at the St. Wenceslas Music Festival in Ostrava the previous evening. However, there were faithful and long-time spectators in Brno without whom the entire cycle would lose its meaning.
Yesterday evening at the piazzetta of the Janáček Theatre was marked by a concert to commence the 2019/2020 season of the National Theatre Brno (NdB). Promotion of the event ensured the most important thing for this music evening – hundreds of spectators who filled up the whole place. We should not forget the really wide age range, which is so much needed for future culture, especially at its lower limit (still in strollers).
Only rarely one single song is the main topic for an interview. In the case of the cellist Josef Klíč, the concert master of the National Theatre in Brno, this was offered. It does not happen every day that a Czech composer and his song reach the finals of a worldwide competition. However, there were more reasons for our talk – memories of the late Jaroslav Erik Frič, Josef's contract at the Janáček Theatre and the upcoming new album.
For the opening concert of the 20th anniversary season of the Špilberk Festival yesterday, the Brno Philharmonic chose a dramaturgy consisting of proven as well as lesser-known pieces. The subtitle Romantic Carnival immersed all evening in the carnival spirit associated with celebrations before the carnival opening. The aim of the programme was to characterize the period of merriment, celebrations and masks by compositions that tell with their mood about this period of the year. The almost full-up castle courtyard had the opportunity to enjoy an unpretentious and appealing programme, which also with its lower temperature more easily approached that cold carnival period.