Where else to set out after Leoš Janáček than to Brno, the city where this world-renowned composer lived for most of his life and where most of his works were heard for the first time. With the financial support of the city of Brno, TIC BRNO has set up a website where you can find extensive information about the composer and his works, as well as a trail, In the Footsteps of Leoš Janáček, the Brno institutions whose history and current activities are connected to the legacy of Janáček, a range of souvenirs, and more. The website will publish news on any Janáček-related events, particularly concerning the Janáček Brno festival.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Leoš Janáček is the most frequently performed Czech opera composer in the world, and according to the Operabase statistics, is the 17th most frequently performed opera composer at all.
- In 2016 and 2017 alone there were almost 500 performances of Janáček's operas in both European theatres as well as in New York, Tokyo, San Francisco, Rio de Janeiro and New Zealand.
- The majority of Janáček's operas performed abroad are in Czech, and when studying for their roles, singers are helped by a Czech language advisor.
- The most frequently performed Janáček opera in 2016-17 was The Cunning Little Vixen followed by Jenůfa.
- Janáček was one of the first composers to write an opera to a non-versified text - his Jenůfa (1904).
- The Makropulos Affair (1926) is the first opera to feature a telephone call.
- Sinfonietta is Janáček's most frequently performed orchestral work around the world.
Leoš Janáček. Some things you might not have known.
The Leoš Janáček Archive, which is part of the Moravian Museum's Department of the History of Music in Brno, was entered into the UNESCO Memory of the World Register in 2017.
Leoš Janáček is the most frequently performed Czech opera conductor in the world.
The majority of Janáček's works had their world premieres in Brno.
A sample of the promotional brochure published by TIC BRNO in 2018. Illustration © Vendula Chalánková
Even as a young boy, the genius of Leoš Janáčekcharmed and excited me; I immediately fell in love with him. This is quite surprising when you consider that even though his music is very rousing, it's also very complex. Today I'm strongly aware of the fact that I found such a natural path towards him because he was a local artistic figure in my home town of Brno, and was obviously a major feature in concert and opera programmes as well as in the general cultural consciousness. We can never lose this "obviously" in Brno! To do so would be to lose our relationship to one of the deepest wells of artistic expression that has ever existed.
Jakub Hrůša, conductor