Leoš Janáček

Jenufa

Oct 28 - Nov 17

Janáček’s harrowing tale stars Oksana Dyka in the title role, the victim of sin and hypocrisy in a rural village. The great Karita Mattila plays her stepmother, the Kostelnička, the moral guardian of the village but also its greatest threat. David Robertson conducts the first return of this riveting work in nearly a decade.

“The galvanic Finnish soprano Karita Mattila… has spent a career being the vibrating, riveting center of most any opera in which she’s cast… [An] implacable force of nature… David Robertson led a sleekly heated performance of Janáček’s surging score... Daniel Brenna had punchy power as Laca...” New York Times

Mattila’s Kostelnicka “could well become a signature role for her... Joseph Kaiser is a vocally excellent Steva.” WQXR

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  • Sung In
  • Czech
  • Met Titles In
  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Estimated Run Time
  • 3 hrs 0 mins
  • House Opens
  • Act I 40 mins
  • Intermission 30 mins
  • Act II 48 mins
  • Intermission 31 mins
  • Act III 31 mins
  • Opera Ends
Oct 28 - Nov 17

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World premiere: Brno Theater, Brno, 1904. Among opera’s most psychologically astute dramas, Jenufa presents a believable world in which no one is entirely good or bad and in which spiritual growth comes from the hard lessons of real life. The story centers on two women in a village in Moravia (now in the Czech Republic): Jenufa and her stepmother, the Kostelnička (a term describing her office as the sacristan of the local church). Rich in human insight expressed in passionate, emotionally honest music, Jenufa has come to be regarded as one of the great operas of the 20th century.

Creators

Born in rural Moravia, Leoš Janáček (1854–1928) studied in Brno and Prague and made a living as a teacher, organist, and choir director. Jenufa brought him fame late in life, leading to the most fertile period of his career, with other operas such as Kátˇa Kabanová and The Makropulos Case. The libretto for Jenufa is based on a successful Czech play, Her Stepdaughter, by Gabriela Preissová (1862–1946).

Production Olivier Tambosi

Set Designer Frank Philipp Schlössmann

Costume Designer Frank Philipp Schlössmann

Lighting Designer Max Keller

Leoš Janáček

Composer

Leoš Janáček

Setting

Jenufa takes place in a remote Moravian village in the last decades of the 19th century. Janáček’s focus on common people with real problems connects his work conceptually to what Puccini, Mascagni, and others were doing in the verismo operas of Italy at roughly the same time.

Music