The International Opera Awards were announced on 29 April 2019 in London, where it was taken over by the director of the National Theatre Brno Martin Glaser, and the artistic director of the opera Jiří Heřman.
The 6th International Opera and Music Festival Janáček Brno 2018, which took place from 17 November to 5 December, competed for the prestigious International Opera Awards with five other festivals. Patrons of the organisation include personalities such as Sir Thomas Allen, Janet Baker and Mirella Freni. “The National Theatre Brno is thus getting with its festival into the company of the best artists and ensembles of the whole operatic world. This is an incredible success after just 6 years of the festival…” said Martin Glaser, director of NdB.