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
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.
New Production | PremiereGrosses Haus19:30