Opera

Jenůfa

Její pastorkyňa (Her Stepdaughter)
Leoš Janáček (1854 – 1928)
Sung in Czech, with German surtitles
Opera in three acts
Libretto by the composer, based on the play by Gabriela Preissová
First performance: 1904 in Brno
Th, 06.12.2018
Grosses Haus19:30
Leoš Janáček's music shares a strong affinity for language and folk song. In "Jenufa" - arguably his late international breakthrough as operatic composer - the expressive orchestral sound tells of of rural expanses, while the concentrated storyline centres on people who feel trapped in their own surroundings. In Jenufa's small village, it is not easy to escape the inevitable and predictable path of life - and the young woman must assert herself between two hapless, unlucky men and her overpowering stepmother. In order to keep up social prestige and appearances, the Kostelnička murders Jenufa's illegitimate child after its birth.

Cast

Conductor Patrick Lange
Director Ingo Kerkhof
Stage Designer Gisbert Jäkel
Costume Designer Sonja Albartus
Lighting Designer Andreas Frank
Chorus Master Albert Horne
Dramaturgy Katja Leclerc
Grandmother Buryjovka Anna Maria Dur
Laca Klemeň Paul McNamara
Števa Buryja Aaron Cawley
Kostelnička Dalia Schaechter
Jenůfa Sabina Cvilak
Foreman at the Mill Daniel Carison
Mayor of the Village Hans-Otto Weiß
The Mayor's Wife Annette Luig
Karolka Shira Patchornik
Jano Stella An
Barena Ekaterina Kuridze
Chor des Hessischen Staatstheaters Wiesbaden, Hessisches Staatsorchester Wiesbaden