The theme of the 2018/19 opera season is Dreams! The Janáček Opera of the National Theatre Brno is also celebrating the centenary of Czech statehood, as the first premiere of the season showing Smetana’s Libuše. The first premiere of the season will take place in Pavilion P, the largest at the Brno Exhibition Centre.
Hausopera is a society of enthusiasts that prepares tailor-made opera shows for various Brno hidden corners. In the opening season, it invites the audience to the pool of the spa in Rašínova Street, where it will perform a single-act opera named The Last Polo. The music, written by Marko Ivanović, will swarm with graceful motions of synchronised swimmers; the nostalgic libretto of the piece was written by Josef Škarka and will be rendered by opera vocalists singing in swimsuits, confirming thus that the first love is never to be forgotten. Through a musical story, visitors will experience the well-known venue in a new context.
A production of the opera Così fan tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has been created by the National Theatre Brno under the direction of Anna Petrželková. Jana Šrejma Kačírková alternating with Pavla Vykopalová, Jana Hrochová alternating with Václava Krejčí, Roman Hoza alternating with Igor Loškár, the guest Polish tenor Karol Kozlowský and many other will be appearing in Petrželková’s opera debut. The musical production was by Jakub Klecker.
Nagata Acoustics America, Konior Studio and Architekti Hrůša & spol., Atelier Brno. This team looks like it will be the supplier of project documentation for a building permit and project documentation for the above-ground parts of the Janáček Cultural Centre. This is a new concert hall that will be a base for the Brno Philharmonic. The expert commission today recommended the contracting authorities that they choose this team.
The Chamber Opera of the Music Faculty of the Janáček Academy of Musical Arts is preparing a work by the German composer Carl Orff. The opera production of The Wise Woman (Die Kluge) there will be five percussionists working on more than twenty instruments and two pianists. The premiere will take place in the Divadlo na Orlí.
The 6th year of the international opera and music festival is to take place in the newly reconstructed Janáček Theatre. There will be performances from directors and interpreters such as Ivo van Hove, Robert Carsen, Kornél Mundruczó, Alvis Hermanis, David Pountney, Tomáš Hanus, Tomáš Netopil, Thomas Adès, Simona Houda-Šaturová, the Haas Quartet and many others.
The current conception and realisation of the Janáček Brno festival has won the award of Czech Opera Professionals. The committee of the Musical Theatre Association, which organises the festival Opera, gave the Janáček festival the award for significant achievement in the field of musical theatre. The award was accepted by the director of the National Theatre Brno Martin Glaser and the Artistic Director of the Janáček Opera NdB Jiří Heřman. The award of the Opera festival director was won by Ensemble Opera Diversa for their staging of the opera by Ondřej Kyas and Pavel Drábek Čaroděj a jeho sluha.
The buildings of the Brno spa on Rašínova street were filled on Sunday with the new project of the Hausopera art society, which has the target of bringing new and quality productions to places in daily use that wouldn’t have much to do with music and especially opera otherwise. The forerunner is the short opera Poslední pólo (“The Final Polo”) by the composer - conductor Marek Ivanović and the librettist – opera singer Josef Škarka about two friends, a secret love and a guilty conscience. The work was directed by Petr Hašek, the stage set was designed by Ján Tereba and the lighting design was made by Pavla Beranová, Michal Hór and Zuzana Bottová. The main characters were played by Tomáš Krejčí, Aleš Procházka and Andrea Široká. The accordion was played by Žaneta Vítová, the vibraphone and drums by Kristýna Švihálková. It was presented by Lenka Sedláčková.
This year Miloš Štědroň is taking part as artist in residence at the festival Concentus Moraviae. This was a welcome pretext for an interview. It covered his musical beginnings, his path to a musical education, his artistic development and his famous teachers, his inclination to the legacy of the musical avant-garde as well as why he suddenly kept a certain distance from it, how he dedicated himself to faithful and successful cooperation with the Theatre Goose on a String as well as how he was affected by the political changes of the period, how he overcame their pressure, how he worked with today’s interviewer a banned playwright, how he wrote for the wonderful Due Boemi di Praga, how he taught music and the history of music and worked as a populariser, how he knowledgably interpreted ancient music, but also Leoš Janáček, how he worked as an editor, how he became a significant and famous cultural figure, and not just in Brno, and how all the tasks he set himself in his varied and rich creative life were and are being fulfilled, and the joy he has had from it all.
Yesterday’s premiere in the Mahen Theatre added to the repertoire of the National Theatre Brno (NdB) the opera Così fan tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in an interesting production by Anna Petrželková. In this tale of the imprudent temptation of human feelings will be appearing the soprano Pavla Vykopalová as Fiordiligi, the mezzosoprano Václava Krejčí Housková as Dorabella and Andrea Široká as Despina. In the male roles Ondřej Koplík was on stage as Ferrando, Roman Hoza as Guglielmo and Jan Šťáva played Don Alfonso. Also taking part in the performance were the choir and orchestra of the Janáček Opera of the NdB.
After more than fifty years The Queen of Spades by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is returning to the repertoire of the national Theatre Brno. The premiere on 17 February in the Mahen Theatre of the production by Martin Glaser also involves one more return for music theatre – after more than sixty years Soňa Červená will once more being treading the boards in Brno.
An interview between Kateřina Bajo, the main coordinator for the membership of Prague as a city of literature in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and David Dittrich, main coordinator for the membership of Brno as a city of music in the same network. The UNESCO Creative Cities Network was set up in 2004 and its main aim is to support cooperation and international cooperation and creativity. Now it brings together 180 member cities from 72 countries from around the world. The cities fall into 7 creative areas – literature, music, design, film, gastronomy, traditional crafts and media. A city applying for membership in the network has to fulfil very strict criteria, and it must be supported not only by the commission of experts but also by all the member cities.
Původní komorní opera Jsem kněžna bláznů měla premiéru v brněnské Redutě. Autorkami operní novinky, která mapuje soukromý i tvůrčí život první české spisovatelky Boženy Němcové, se staly skladatelka Lenka Nota a dokumentaristka Olga Sommerová. Libreto vzniklo na základě Němcové korespondence, básní Františka Halase, Vladimíra Holana a Františka Pavlíčka. Novou operu představil Ensemble Opera Diversa v Mozartově v pátek 17. listopadu.
Brno is now one of the 180 cities from around the world that belongs to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Only some three dozen of these are focused on music. After Prague it is the second city in the Czech Republic to be accepted into this network. The awarded title recognises the work of artists, people working in culture, the diversity of genres and cooperation with the surrounding region.
Rossini’s penultimate opera Le comte Ory was in its time seen as highly immoral slapstick. In the new Brno production, performed in the historic building of the Mahen Theatre, it is actually a hilarious farce. Lenka Flory stands behind its directorial and artistic form, providing not only the needed humour and momentum, but also thanks to its basis in the world of contemporary dance also unusual movement.
Love at a Distance is a contemporary opera that is nonetheless a clear classic. The National Theatre Brno production is of this excellent work by Kaiji Saariaho that has become part of the world repertoire. The selection and realisation of this production has uniquely and significantly scored in a domestic context.
Nearly sixty students of the Faculty of Music at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts joined forces to launch two operas in their home-based Orlí Street Theatre. The evening belonged to a pair of chamber operas. The first one was the premiere of the short opera Mistrová, aneb Když bolševici zrušili Vánoce (Forewomen aka When the Bolsheviks Cancelled Christmas) by Petr Hala. And the opera The Little Prince by Miroslav Hába was performed for the first time after nearly forty years.