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