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Janáček's Jenůfa

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Leoš Janáček Jenůfa
concert performance; sung in Czech with English surtitles

Sir Simon Rattle  conductor
Agneta Eichenholz  Jenůfa
Katarina Karnéus  Kostelnička
Aleš Briscein  Laca
Nicky Spence  Steva
Jan Martiník  Starek, the Foreman / Mayor
Carole Wilson  Grandmother Buryjovka
Claire Barnett-Jones  Barena / Herdswoman
Hanna Hipp  Rychtarka
Erika Baikoff  Jano
Evelin Novak  Karolka
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey  
chorus master
London Symphony Orchestra

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Janáček’s searing, magnificent opera explores a woman’s limited options in a suffocating small town.

The Programme

Jenůfa is pregnant, but she isn’t married. In her mountain village, this means disgrace, or even death. Her stepmother, Kostelnička, wants to help her, but what should she do?

Janáček pondered his characters’ predicament for many years. The opera he eventually completed is a blazing vision of human suffering and redemption, rooted in the rhythms of everyday life.

The Performers

Conductor Emeritus Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO have presented two of Janáček’s operas to critical acclaim, and this is the next instalment. Jenůfa brings together a remarkable cast, including Agneta Eichenholz’s heartbreaking portrayal of a vulnerable young woman and Katarina Karnéus’ achingly powerful Kostelnička.

‘I could do it; only I could save her.’ – Kostelnička, in Jenůfa

 

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