The guest performance of Ostrava opera was part of the international music festival Janáček Brno 2018. It was very well received by the audience. The day of the premiere of Destiny was a milestone for the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava as it became the second theatre in the world, which has staged Janáček’s complete opera works. The first one was the National Theatre Brno. “The National Moravian-Silesian Theatre successfully premiered Janáček’s Jenůfa in the very first season in November 1919. The inter-war period saw production of almost all operas in the theatre. The unjustly neglected Destiny has its turn only nowadays,” said the opera director Jiří Nekvasil at the occasion of the premiere.
Musical preparation Jakub Klecker, director Jiří Nekvasil, stage desing Daniel Dvořák, costume design Simona Rybáková.
Directing and performances, especially that of Martin Šrejma, who played Composer Živný, were acknowledged by the head of the Department of Singing and Opera Directing at HAMU Ivan Kusnjer right after the premiere. “It was the first time I had heard a tenor who mastered his role. He is the right person for Janáček’s operas, I had no troubles understanding him despite the complicated text,” said professor Kusnjer.