The Janáček Brno 2018 Festival publishes its programme: Ivo van Hove, Robert Carsen and David Pountney

15 November 2017, 7:00
The Janáček Brno 2018 Festival publishes its programme: Ivo van Hove, Robert Carsen and David Pountney

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 Janáček Brno 2018 Festival on Monday offered a preview concert with the Brno Contemporary Orchestra and Soňa Červená. The programme of the coming year of the festival is dedicated to the centenary of the creation of the Czechoslovak Republic. There will be performances of all the stage works of Leoš Janáček in productions from international artists such as Ivo van Hove, Robert Carsen, Kornél Mundruczó, David Pountney and Alvis Hermanis. On the conductor’s podium we will see Tomáš Hanus, who will perform with the Welsh National Opera, Tomáš Netopil and Marko Ivanović. The concert part of the programme will present interpreters like Thomas Adès, Martin Kasík, Jitka Čechová, Simona Houda-Šaturová and the Haas Quartet.

“The acclaim for the Janáček Brno festival from around the world and its record-breaking rapid rise in visitor numbers is strong motivation for us in our further work. I believe the excellent programme of the festival in 2018 that we are presenting, will take our festival into the company of the most significant cultural events on the map of Europe,” says Martin Glaser, NdB director.

The festival will be taking place from 17 November to 5 December 2018, and its inauguration is planned for the Janáček Theatre, reconstruction of which should be complete by then. The festival will open with the opera The Cunning Little Vixen.

“If the previous years of the festival put operatic works in the context of other creative and artistic trends, the 6th year will be given over to the maximum possible extent to the works of the Moravian master. It will be presenting Janáček’s complete stage works, from the early ones written in the last decade of Habsburg rule, full of efforts to achieve recognition of the Czech nation, through to Janáček’s mature works from the time of the independent,” states Patricie Částková, programme director for the Janáček Opera of the National Theatre Brno.

You can find the complete festival programme here.

Form the House of the Dead – Welsh National Opera / Photo Clive Bard

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