The programme of the festival "Janáček Brno 2018" will be dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Czechoslovak Republic and to the memory of Prof. John Tyrrell. The complete stage works of Leoš Janáček will be performed under the direction of Tomáš Hanus, Tomáš Netopil, Marko Ivanović and many others.
The concert programme includes orchestral and chamber concerts, operas, opera concert performances, recitals by vocal and instrumental soloists and choral concerts. All this and more in a programme of 15 concerts closely connects with the question of the birth of the Republic, with the concept of "national music" and shows how composers reflected important historical events in their works.
British musicologist John Tyrrell stood at the birth of the Janáček Festival as a great researcher in the field of Czech music, and especially as an important personality who spread Janáček’s music around the world. For many years he has been an editor of Janáčeks works in intensive exchange with Universal Edition.
He has authored numerous publications, including the two-volume biography of Leoš Janáček. For his work on Janáček and Czech music he received honorary doctorates from Masaryk University Brno, the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno, and was awarded the Charles Flint Kellogg Prize in Art and Literature. In January 2018 he received the Classic Prague Award for being "the international ambassador of Czech music".
The sixth Janáček Festival will take place from 17 November to 5 December in Brno and another performance of Tyrrell's critical edition of Janáček’s Aus einem Totenhaus (From the House of the Dead), scheduled for 6 November in Brussels.
John Tyrrell on the new critical edition of Aus einem Totenhaus: