Packed NdB Premier Schedule in September Harkens Cultural Re-awakening

The National Theatre of Brno has a full schedule of opera, ballet and theatrical performances, with 22 premieres scheduled in the next 10 months. Photo Credit: Courtesy of NdB.

Brno, Sep 2 (BD) – After the symbolic opening of the cultural season with the free concert on the Piazzetta in front of the Janáček Theater, the rich worlds of opera, ballet and theatre will return with full force.

Safety measures are still in place to protect against the transmission of COVID-19, but culture is otherwise ready to help Brno return to its normal full life.

There are 22 premieres scheduled for the next 10 months — including five operas, three ballets and 14 theatrical performances —  from a who’s who of international culture, including Beethoven, Shakespeare, Prokofiev, Chekov, Molière, Brecht, Havel, Čapek and O’Neill.

The premieres are listed below, but there are additional performances scheduled for each of the shows.

Click here to see the complete schedule.

 Photo Credit: Courtesy of NdB.


Řecké pašije (The Greek Passion), which had its premiere postponed twice because of the coronavirus, will finally be presented on November 5th, 7th, and 19th in Janacek Theatre.

Here are the operatic premieres during this season:

October 9th, 2021 — Peter Grimes

November 5th, 2021 — Řecké pašije (The Greek Passion)

February 5th, 2022 — Alcina

April 13th, 2022 — Kouzelná flétna (The Magic Flute)

June 17th, 2022 — Otello (Othello)

If you are looking even further into the future, Janáček Brno 2022, which will take place from November 2nd to 19th, 2022, will open for pre-sale on November 30th, 2021. Detailed information about the festival is available here.

 Photo Credit: Courtesy of NdB.


The fall ballet season has been dubbed “homage to the greats”.

It begins with a celebration of the iconic Czech choreographer Pavel Šmok with its premiere Stabat Mater in Mahen Theatre on Friday. The three-part performance is a tribute to Šmok, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 88, after a long career as a choreographer and dancer. He wrote and produced ballet performances, acted in theatre and film, and he taught and influenced many generations of creative people. He performed about 100 ballets, including 60 world premieres, mostly to the music of Czech composers.

The first part of the tribute performance is Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) by Arnold Schoenberg, based on a poem by Richard Dehmel. Bedřich Smetana, Trio in G Minor, is the second part. And the highlight is the namesake for the evening: Stabat Mater. The music, by Antonin Dvořák, provides the flow for one of Šmok’s most acclaimed works.

Later, the local ballet company will recognize the legendary Beethoven on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of his birth. Then, after more than 30 years, Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet Cinderella will be premiered in Brno.

The ballet premieres for this season are the following:

September 3rd, 2021 — Stabat Mater

November 13th, 2021 — Beethoven

May 13th, 2022 — Popelka (Cinderella)

 Photo Credit: Courtesy of NdB.


Theatrical performances are in Czech, but those with a deep background in Chekov will understand “The Seagull” and those who have been influenced by Shakespeare will certainly enjoy “Twelfth Night”.

The theatrical premieres for this season are the following:

September 2nd, 2021 — Nikdo

September 7th, 2021 — Racek (The Seagull)

October 4th, 2021 — Mahenova Reduta

October 15th, 2021 — Kočár do Vídně (Coach to Vienna)

October 22nd, 2021 — Ohnivá země Václava Štecha

November 26th, 2021 — Nebesa

December 10th, 2021 — Amfitryon

January 28th, 2022 — Večer tříkrálový (Twelfth Night)

February 11th, 2022 — Ztížená možnost soustředění (The Increased Difficulty of Concentration)

February 25th, 2022 — Kubula a Kuba Kubikula

March 25th, 2022 — Kavkazský křídový kruh

April 8th, 2022 — Matka

June 3rd, 2022 — Chytání Vídně

June 24th, 2022 — Smutek sluší Elektře

 Photo Credit: Courtesy of NdB.

Click here to see the complete schedule, and here for the new website with ticket information and more details.

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