The Human Voice / Three Fragments from Juliette

In a coproduction with Opera Göteborg


Staged in the original French with Czech and English surtitles


Premiere 14th June 2019, Janáček Theater


Dreams arrive before the dawn.
The director David Radok is returning after successful evening with the two single-act operas Bluebeard’s Castle and Expectation in the last premiere of the season with a project which continues with the study of the relations between men and women, real and perceived, where the present is confronted with the real and fictitious past and figures move around in the world of imagination and dreams. Bohuslav Martinů’s surrealist opera Juliette heads directly toward such a concept and the three fragments that the composer selected and revised directly from the original French text by G. Neveux reinforces the feeling of the unreal and dreamlike world of Michel and Juliette. Poulenc’s monodrama The Human Voice, based on the play by Jean Cocteau brings us a truly absurd and even surrealistic situation, where we follow the telephone conversation of a woman whose lovers is breaking up with her. It is their last telephone conversation, from which we hear only one side. The broken-hearted women considers suicide, but the faulty Parisian phone system constantly interrupts their discussion.

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Janáček Theatre

Janáček Theatre is a theatre situated in the city of Brno, Czech Republic. It is a part of the National Theatre in Brno. It was built from 1960 to 1965, and opened in October 1965. During its existence, the theatre has premiered around 20 operas and ballet performances.




The building of Janáček Theatre, the youngest of the buildings of National Theatre in Brno, was planned from the early 20th century. From 1910 to 1957, seven architectural competitions were held to find the best design and project of the building. Around 150 architects participated in the competitions, among them several notable exponents of Czech arts and architecture: Bohuslav Fuchs, Josef Gočár, Vlastislav Hofman, Josef Chochol, Pavel Janák, Jan Kotěra and others. The proposed designs span a wide range of architectural styles documenting the history and development of the Czech architecture in the first half of the 20th century. The styles include historicism, Art Nouveau, Cubism, modernism, Functionalism, Socialist realism and classicising Neofunctionalism.

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