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Tickets for the festival Janáček Brno 2020 are on sale

Program and tickets here: janacek-brno.cz

Open house with Janáček

Janáček in relation to the theatre building bearing his name.

In autumn 2019, the preparations for the seventh year of the Janáček Festival will be peaking; however, before it is introduced the Janáček Opera of the National Theatre Brno company has arranged an exclusive opportunity to get to know the work of Janáček in relation to the theatre building bearing his name. 

On 27 November 2019 there will be an Open House giving the visitors an opportunity to see our theatre through new eyes, from the foyer to the most secret backstage corners with musical and theatre surprises prepared by the Opera members and students of Conservatory, JAMU and Brno Academic Choir.

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95th anniversary of the opera The Cunning Little Vixen

On November 6, 2019, 95 years have passed since the world premiere of Janáček's opera The Cunning Little Vixen. It was first performed at today's Mahen Theatre, directed by Ota Zítek and Eduard Milén's stage design. The conductor was František Neumann, head of the opera ensemble in National Theater Brno.

Photograph from the premiere production of the opera The Cunning Little Vixen (1924) © Moravian Museum
Photograph from the premiere production of the opera The Cunning Little Vixen (1924) © Moravian Museum

A new exhibition at the Leoš Janáček Memorial in Hukvaldy

A new exhibition was opened at the Leoš Janáček Memorial in Hukvaldy on 12 September 2019. Visitors can view the historical interiors of the composer's home in their original condition, while the exhibition gives information on the area where Janáček grew up and his friends from Hukvaldy, the things which inspired the composer, his activities in folk music and his notation of speech melodies.

More on the Memorial, including photographs from the new exhibition, here.

The Leoš Janáček and music exhibition at the Brno Augustinians

This exhibition is part of festival dedicated to Gregor Mendel, held from 19 to 21 July 2019 in the grounds of the Augustinian Abbey on Mendlovo náměstí in Brno. A room with an exhibition will be opened in the Museum of the Old Brno Abbey which will present the history of music in Brno's Augustinian monastery and the composers connected to it, in particular Pavel Křížkovský and Leoš Janáček, whose parents sent him for a musical education to the Brno Augustinians when he was an eleven-year-old boy. Janáček later took over from Pavel Křížkovský as the director of the organ loft in the monastery basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. The exhibition also includes the organ table and the remains of the Steinmeyer organ which was installed in the basilica while Janáček was based in the abbey and which the composer often played on.

The exhibition was organised by TIC BRNO and the Moravian Museum Brno

Janáček in Brno exhibition

at the entrance corridor of the Abbey of Old Brno of the Order of St Augustine on Mendlovo náměstí. 

The photography exhibition presents historical pictures of Leoš Janáček in various places in Brno. Although Janáček was not born in Brno, he moved there when he was eleven and fundamentally influenced the cultural life of the city with his tireless artistic and organisational activities, and his legacy in Brno is evident to this day. The exhibition includes photographs of Janáček outside of his home in the garden of the Organ School, in the company of various Brno dignitaries, and Janáček's pupils and friends. There are also several portrait photographs taken in Brno studios.

The exhibition was organised by TIC BRNO and the Moravian Museum Brno

Open on weekdays from 7am to 6.30pm. 

The International Leoš Janáček Competition

From 24 to 29 September 2019, the music faculty of the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts is running the 25th International Leoš Janáček Competition, on this occasion for the flute and clarinet.

Happy birthday, Leoš!

3 July 2019 we celebrate the 165th anniversary of the birth of Leoš Janáček.

Janáček Brno Festival Preview Events and Concerts in Autumn 2019

You can look forward to a piano recital by Jan Jiraský at the Leoš Janáček Memorial, a concert by the Pavel Haas Quartet, an open day at the Janáček Theatre and a block of performances of the opera Jenůfa.

Dates and tickets here.

Nigel Simeone has brought out The Janáček Compendium

The Compendium contains nearly 300 entries connected with every aspect of Janáček's life and work, with detailed information about his major compositions - especially the operas - including the latest findings. A comprehensive guide of this type has been missing from the literature on Janáček. It allows easy retrieval of important facts about the composer's life and work including the performance history, basic concepts, prominent individuals, editions - i.e. all the essential information, including an up-to-date bibliography. The author of the publication, Nigel Simeone, is a respected music expert and lecturer with a lifelong interest in Czech music. Published by Boydell & Brewer publishers.

Read on the publisher's blog about author's delights of documenting Janáček.

Leoš Janáček goes!

Janáček has his tram. Together with him travel around Brno characters from his operas - Jenůfa, Káťa Kabanová, Šárka, Mr. Brouček, Bystrouška and others.

Janáček Brno 2020

Janáček Brno 2020 will take place from 28.9. - 16. 10. 2020. The festival programme will be released to the public on 1 December 2019 on the occasion of a preview concert at the Reduta Theatre in Brno. Advance ticket sales will also commence from December this year. Up-to-date information about the Janáček Brno 2020 festival and preview concerts will be published over the course of the year on www.janacek-brno.cz

Janáček Brno Festival Winner of the International Opera Awards

On 29 April 2019 the Janáček Brno festival was presented with one of the prestigious International Opera Awards in the opera festivals category at an awards ceremony in London. Congratulations!

Janáček's name also appeared in connection with other prizes. The director of the year was Katie Mitchell, among other things for her excellent production of Jenůfa in Amsterdam, and the production of the year was Janáček's opera From the House of the Dead at the Royal Opera House in London.

Janáček Brno 2018 nominated for a prize at The International Opera Awards

The 6th edition of the International Opera and Music Festival Janáček Brno, which was held from 17th November to 5th December 2018, saw the festival achieve even greater success in the international context. Visitor numbers reached a record high and the positive audience response to the programme was also accompanied by great feedback from experts and critics. 

Moreover the Janáček Brno 2018 has been nominated for a prestigious prize at The International Opera Awards.

Exhibition - At home with the Janáčeks

Come and glimpse the private life of the famous composer. On display
at the exhibition will be personal items from the Janácek estate -
writing equipment, part of his wardrobe, toiletries etc. The
exhibition is being held at the Mramorové sály at Biskupský dvůr
(Muzejní 1) until 24 February 2019.

Our Janáček animation series on Operavision!


Learn about Janáček's life and works in this delightful animation mini-series. Produced by Tourist Information Centre Brno with financial support from the city of Brno, it is designed for children but will delight adults, too!

Watch the video and play a musical memory game here or visit OPERAVISION website.

Janáček Brno 2018 festival was launched with the premiere of The Cunning Little Vixen

The festival began on November 17 and runs until 5 December 2018. All of Leoš Janáček stage works are performed, with productions by international artists such as Ivo van Hove, Robert Carsen, Kornél Mundruczó, David Pountney and Alvis Hermanis. Behind the conductor's stand will feature, amongst others, Tomáš Hanus, Tomáš Netopil and Marko Ivanović. The concert section of the programme is including outstanding musicians such as Thomas Adès, Martin Kasík, Jitka Čechová, Simona Houda-Šaturová and the Pavel Haas Quartet.

Find out more at www.janacek-brno.cz

Janáček's biography by John Tyrrell was published in the Czech translation


TIn November 2018, the Czech translation of the first volume of the most complete biography of Janáček by John Tyrrell, was published. 

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The Cunning Little Vixen in the National Thetre Brno


On November 17, 2018, the premiere of the new production of the opera The Cunning Little Vixen will be held at the National Theater Brno. A day later on November 18, 2018, the performance will be streamed live online as part of the OPERA VISION project. The premiere will be the opening ceremony of the Janacek Brno 2018 festival.

The musicologist John Tyrrell has died 

On 4 October 2018, the leading expert on Leoš Janáček, British professor John Tyrrell, died. He was born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 1942 and studied at the universities in Cape Town, Cambridge and Brno. He was the editor of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and taught at the universities in Nottingham and Cardiff. He devoted his entire professional life to Czech music, in particular the life and work of Leoš Janáček. He was the author of numerous books including an extensive two-volume biography of Janáček, the first volume of which, Leoš Janáček. The Lonely Blackbird (1854-1914) , will also soon be published in Czech. John Tyrrell was the recipient of many prestigious awards including the Charles Flint Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters, as well as honorary doctorates from Masaryk University and the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts. In January 2018 he received the Classic Prague Award as an "international ambassador for Czech music".

Leoš Janáček. Some things you might not have known

TIC BRNO has published a promotional picture brochure, which is available free of charge in the Brno Information Centers. Click on the cover page to view it.


Invitation to Vendula Chalánková's exhibition Leoš and his dear

The Leoš Janáček Memorial 8. 6. - 9. 9. 2018, exhibition opening 7. 6. At 5pm

Vendula Chalánková is one of the most respected artists of the younger generation. The range of her work is very broad, from fine art to book illustration, through to comics and animation. She uses a correspondingly wide range of techniques - from painting and drawing to collage, assemblage and embroidered objects. The exhibition at the Leoš Janáček Memorial presents a series of artistically impressive paper collages which Chalánková created in 2017 as designs for various types of promotional items with portrait motifs of Leoš Janáček and his friends for the Tourist Information Centre Brno. These were based on historical photographs kept in the Leoš Janáček Archive.

The exhibition partner is TIC BRNO, a state-funded organisation.

Janáček Ostrava 2018 

This joint project organised by the Ostrava music scene runs throughout 2018. One of its highlights is the Leoš Janáček International Music Festival at the end of May and in June, part of which includes the musicological conference Janáčkiana, as well as the St Wenceslas Music Festival, the premiere of the opera Fate at the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre and the four-day Leoš Janáček Music Marathon from 25th to 28th of October 2018.

Find out more at www.janacek2018.cz

Praise from Milan Kundera 

Good news! In April 2018 the deputy mayor of Brno, Matěj Hollan, and the head of the Vienna Czech Centre, Mojmír Jeřábek, visited the Kunderas in Paris. As is well known, Milan Kundera is the son of Janáček's pupil, Ludvík Kundera, and his appreciation of the works of Janáček has made him one of his greatest promoters. This makes it all the more special for us that Mr Kundera was so enthusiastic about our Janáček promotional materials with motifs of the maestro's speech melodies and pictures by Vendula Chalánková, as well as by the guide In the Footsteps of Leoš Janáček. He was also impressed by the news that Brno is constructing the Janáček Cultural Centre and that a Janáček museum is underway

Archiv of Leoš Janáček took over the certificate of the inscription on the UNESCO Memory the World International Register 


The Leoš Janáček Archive, which is part of the Moravian Museum's Department of Music History, was in 2017 entered into the UNESCO Memory of the World International Register, making it the sixth Czech entry.

The Leoš Janáček Archive is a collection of documents covering the composer's entire written legacy and many other materials which have been gradually added to it following the composer's death in 1928. With a few exceptions it includes all of Janáček's manuscripts for his compositions, librettos and studies, and the composer's library, which contains numerous volumes of fiction as well as specialist books with notes written in Janáček's handwriting.

A very important section also consists of Janáček's correspondence, amounting to more than 14,000 items. 

TIC BRNO published the guidebook
In the footsteps of Leoš Janáček

The guidebook, In the Footsteps of Leoš Janáček. Brno City Guide, presents locations and buildings in Brno which are connected with the composer's personal as well as professional life, and contains a great deal of information, historical photographs and illustrated documents. Enthusiasts have the opportunity to follow the route we have suggested or adapt it to how it suits best in terms of length and time. It also includes the composer's life in dates and in a longer text, two of Janáček's feuilletons and an overview of Brno institutions, their history, as well as any current activities which are connected with Janáček's legacy. Inside contains a poster and a large map of the centre of Brno with a marked-out route. The guidebook was published in both Czech and English. You can buy in the information centers  or in the e-shop.

Brno Christmas 2017 with Janáček 

The Maestro was also present in Brno at Christmas. He appeared at the opening projection mapping, while throughout Christmas in Brno the figure of Leoš Janáček and other Brno notables were part of an installation around the fountain on náměstí Svobody. He also featured in a Christmas collection of gifts with pictures of famous people connected to Brno.

Vendula Chalánková's JANÁČEK 

TIC BRNO prepared a new collections of souvenirs with motifs of Leoš Janáček. One of these is based on a graphic design by the artist Vendula Chalánková, who used historical photographs from the Leoš Janáček Archive to create her own pictures of Leoš Janáček and his family and friends, as well as characters from the opera The Cunning Little Vixen..

The second is based on motifs from Janáček's speech melodies - notes from situations and snippets of conversations including notated records which the composer entered into his diaries for more than thirty years.

The collection was created by the designer Barbara Zemčik

THE MAKROPULOS AFFAIR in Shanghai 


The Janáček Opera of the National Theatre Brno performed Janáček's opera The Makropulos Affair, directed by David Radok, at the Great Theatre in Shanghai on the 19th and 21st of November 2017. The JO NTB also performed the same production in Hong Kong in February 2017

JANÁČEK BRNO 2018 festival 

Tickets went on sale for the Janáček Brno 2018 International Opera and Music Festival on 13.11.2017 and are disappearing fast!

The new Janáček Brno 2018 festival programme is out! It is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Czechoslovak Republic. All of Leoš Janáček stage works will be performed, with productions by international artists such as Ivo van Hove, Robert Carsen, Kornél Mundruczó, David Pountney and Alvis Hermanis. Behind the conductor's stand will feature, amongst others, Tomáš Hanus, Tomáš Netopil and Marko Ivanović. The concert section of the programme will include outstanding musicians such as Thomas Adès, Martin Kasík, Jitka Čechová, Simona Houda-Šaturová and the Pavel Haas Quartet.

UNESCO Memory of the World 

The Leoš Janáček Archive, which is part of the Moravian Museum's Department of Music History, was designed to the inscription into the UNESCO Memory of the World International Register