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
Available to watch on Marquee TV (subscription required)
Janáček’s searing, magnificent opera explores a woman’s limited options in a suffocating small town.
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.
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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