Los Angeles Opera Presents Janácek's Jenufa
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While not lyrical like a Puccini or Verdi opera, this music is beautiful and the complex, psychologically probing story is engaging. The lead singers are wonderful. The sets are minimal and neither add to nor detract from the drama.
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Winner of the 2007 Olivier Award for Best Opera
“There are some nights at the opera when director and designer, cast and conductor, composer and masterpiece coalesce into something so powerful, so affecting, so right as to transcend memories of the most vivid previous productions. Such is the thrilling case with David Alden’s new staging of Janácek’s Jenufa.” —The Observer (UK)
Nowhere in opera is reality more raw and uncensored than in Jenufa, an intensely dramatic and deeply moving opera by the great Czech composer Leos Janácek. The innocent peasant girl Jenufa loves the town’s feckless playboy too passionately, and the devoted Laca loves her too jealously. Meanwhile, her self-righteous stepmother’s misguided style of tough love leads to tragic results.
When this riveting production premiered at the Metropolitan Opera, New York magazine praised director Olivier Tambosi: “He explores the characters’ actions with blistering intensity.” Jenufa promises an evening of gripping drama and compelling music you won’t soon forget.
Jenufa: Karita Mattila
Laca: Kim Begley
Kostelnicka Burjova: Eva Urbanova
Steva: Jorma Silvasti
Grandmother Buryja: Elizabeth Bishop
Mill Foreman: Jason Stearns
Mayor of the Village: James Creswell
Karolka: Lauren McNeese
Mayor’s Wife: Margaret Thompson
Jano: Lori Ann Fuller
Conductor: James Conlon
Director: Olivier Tambosi
Designer: Frank Philipp Schlössmann
Production from the Metropolitan Opera.
Sung in Czech with English supertitles.
Artists and dates are subject to change.
There will be a pre-performance lecture one hour prior to each performance.