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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Brno

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Pharaonic spectacle: Aida in Moravia

Jan Šťáva (King of Egypt), Veronika Hajnová Fialová (Amneris)
A night of Egyptian musical and scenic splendour.
****1
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Jenůfa breaks hearts in Brno

Pavla Vykopalová (Jenůfa) © Janáčkova opera NdB / Marek Olbrzymek
In Brno, Janáček's home, at the theatre and festival that bear his name, Jenůfa receives a performance with all the musical and dramatic intensity you might wish for.
****1
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Viktor Ullmann's The Fall of the Antichrist

Martin Štolba (Technician), Jakub Rousek (Regent) © Janáček Festival Brno
Viktor Ullmann's scarily prescient anti-fascist work has great music but can be confusing; Moravian Theatre Olomouc's production is marred by poor balance between orchestra and voices.
**111
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Outstanding Bluebeard in Brno

Anders Lorentzson (Bluebeard), Katarina Giotas (Judith) © Janáčkova opera NdB / Marek Olbrzymek
David Radok links two expressionist works, Bartók's Duke Bluebeard's Castle and Schoenberg's Erwartung, to the advantage of the Bartók.
****1
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