NdB July: Premieres Abound in Coming Months

The National Theatre of Brno has many performances every month in opera, ballet and drama. Here are some of the highlights for this summer and the 2020-21 season. Click here for the complete schedule, ticket information and more details, in English. Photo: Opera Ferda Mravenec, Courtesy of NdB.

Brno, Jul 2 (BD) – The novel coronavirus pandemic abruptly altered the cultural landscape of Brno. But, now that the restrictions have mostly been lifted, the performance schedule is packed with events to which cultural aficionados can look forward.  

Opera, ballet, theater and the seventh Janáček Brno International Festival — which has many performances from Sept. 28 to Oct. 16 — are all on the schedule for the summer, the fall and on into 2021.  


Local opera will add the missed premiers of the previous season into this new 2020-21 season. 

Ferda Mravenec, an opera for the whole family, will premiere on Aug. 22 at Janáček Theater, with additional performances, including on Aug. 23.   

As normal, Opera at Špilberk will settle into the courtyard of Špilberk Castle for performances of Nabucco (July 2 and Aug. 30), La Traviata (July 3), Carmen (Aug. 29) and The Barber of Seville (Sept. 1). 

Overview of the opera premieres: 

E. Zámečník: Ferda Mravenec 
Premiere on August 22, 2020 at the Janáček Theater 
Directed by: Magdalena Švecová 
Conductor: Jakub Klecker 

L. Janáček: Osud (Fate) 
Premiere on September 28, 2020 at the Janáček Theater 
Director: Robert Carsen 
Conductor: Marko Ivanović 

B. Martinů: Řecké pašije (Greek Passions) 
Premiere on October 7, 2020 at the Janáček Theater 
Directed by: Jiří Heřman 
Conductor: Robert Kružík 

Půjdem spolu do Betléma (We Will Go to Bethlehem Together) 
J. J. Ryba: Česká mše vánoční (Czech Christmas Mass), J. Schreier: Moravská vánoční mše (Moravian Christmas Mass) Koncertní provedení (Concert performance) 
Conductor: Marko Ivanović 
Premiere on 13 December 2020 at the Janáček Theater 

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Evžen Oněgin 
Premiere on February 6, 2021 at the Janáček Theater 
Director: Martin Glaser 
Conductor: Robert Kružík 

G. Verdi: Nabucco 
Premiere: April 16, 2021 
Directed by: Jiří Heřman 
Conductor: Ondrej Olos 

I. Stravinsky: Svěcení jara (The Rite of Spring), C. Orff: Carmina Burana 
June 23, 2021 at the Janáček Theater 
Conductor: Marko Ivanović 

G. Puccini: La Bohéme 
Premiere on June 11, 2021 
Directed by: Magdalena Švecová 
Conductor: Jaroslav Kyzlink 


The NdB ballet season will begin a month earlier than normal when Radio and Juliet premieres on Aug. 8. The ballet, which brings together the famous Shakespearean love story and the contemporary band Radiohead, was moved from its original date in May. Additional performances at Mahen Theater are on Aug. 9 and 10, then later in the season.  

As a counter to the creative interpretation, the traditional production of Romeo and Juliet, which had its world premiere in Brno more than eight decades ago, will be performed several times, too.  

The upcoming season, Beethoven will honor one of the greats of the music and dance world. The ballet, which was choreographed by Mário Radačovský, pays tribute to Ludwig van Beethoven to commemorate the 250th anniversary of his birth.  

Later, the spring premiere will be dedicated to the great progressive choreography of Pavel Šmok. Stabat Mater, a masterpiece of Šmok’s extensive work, will honor the legend of Czech dance culture, who passed five years ago. 

Overview of the ballet premieres: 

Radio and Juliet 
Czech premiere on August 8, 2020 at the Mahen Theater 
Music: Radiohead 
Choreography and direction: Edward Clug 

Original premiere on November 13, 2020 at the Janáček Theater 
Music: Ludwig van Beethoven 
Choreography: Mário Radačovský 
Conductor: Jakub Klecker 

Stabat Mater 
Premiere on March 5, 2021 at the Janáček Theater 
Music: Antonín Dvořák and others 
Choreography: Pavel Šmok 


Drama offerings are mostly in Czech, although many of the plays were originally written in English.  

Four premiers were postponed because of the pandemic quarantine. They have new premiere dates, but they also have pre-premiere dates.   

– Liliom: premiere on September 4, 2020 at the Mahen Theater. Pre-premieres on August 19 and 20. 

– Velmivelmivelmi temný příběh (A very, very, very dark story): the Czech premiere on September 11 at the Reduta Theater. Pre-premieres on August 21 and 22. 

– Slaměný klobouk (Straw Hat): premiere on September 25 at the Mahen Theater. Pre-premieres on August 28 and 29.  

– Idomeneus: Czech premiere on October 2, 2020 at the Reduta Theater. Pre-premieres on August 26 and 27.  

Overview of theatrical premieres: 

Ferenc Molnár: Liliom 
Director: Štěpán Pácl 
Premiere: September 4, 2020 at the Mahen Theater 
Pre-premieres: August 19 and 20, 2020 

Martin McDonagh: Velmi, velmi, velmi temný příběh (A very, very, very dark story) 
Director: Michal Vajdička 
Czech premiere: September 11 at the Reduta Theater 
Pre-premieres: August 21 and 22 

Josef Topol: Stěhování duší (Moving Souls) 
Director: Štěpán Pácl 
Premiere: September 18, 2020 on the Small Stage of the Mahen Theater 

Eugène Labiche: Slaměný klobouk (Straw hat) 
Directed by: Martin Čičvák 
Premiere: September 25 at the Mahen Theater 
Pre-premieres: August 28 and 29 

Roland Schimmelpfennig: Idomeneus 
Director: Štěpán Pácl 
Czech premiere: 2: October 2020 at the Reduta Theater 
Pre-premieres: August 26 and 27 

Milan Kundera: Majitelé klíčů (Key Owners) 
Director: Martin Glaser 
Premiere: October 23, 2020 at the Mahen Theater 

Ödön von Horváth: Nikdo (Nobody) 
Director: Aminata Keita 
Czech premiere: November 20, 2020 at the Reduta Theater 

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov: Racek (Seagull) 
Director: Štěpán Pácl 
Premiere: December 18, 2020 at the Mahen Theater 

Johann Nepomuk Nestroy: Sňatky na železnici (Marriages on the Railway) 
Directed by: Martin Čičvák 
Czech premiere: January 22, 2021 at the Reduta Theater 

Lucy Kirkwood: Nebesa (Heavens) 
Director: Michal Lang 
Czech premiere: February 26, 2021 at the Mahen Theater 

Robert Icke: Doktorka (Doctor) 
Directed by: Lukáš Brutovský 
Czech premiere: March 26, 2021 at the Reduta Theater 

Edward Albee: Kdo se bojí Virginie Woolfové? (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) 
Director: Štěpán Pácl 
Premiere: April 23, 2021 at the Mahen Theater 

Václav Štech: Ohnivá země (Fiery Earth) 
Director: Ivan Krejčí 
Premiere: May 30, 2021 at the Reduta Theater 

Tom Stoppard: Leopoldstadt 
Director: Radovan Lipus 
Premiere: June 18, 2021 at the Mahen Theater 

Off program 
Mahen’s Reduta – komorní hudební večer (Chamber Music Evening) 
Directed by: Hana Mikolášková 
Premiere: December 4, 2020 at the Reduta Theater 

Exhibitions at the Reduta Theater 
September 2020 – #KulturaMáCenu (Culture Has Worth) 
October 2020 – Veď mě ve tmě (Lead Me in the Dark) 
November / December 2020 – Václav Jirásek 
January / February 2021 – Posters of Ivan Pinkava 
March / April 2021 – Adra – project TOTAL 

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