Leo Janácek after Gabriela Preissová
A young woman is passionately in love with one of two rival half brothers. She becomes pregnant out of wedlock, whereupon he abandons her. The other one would be willing to take her, but he doesn’t want the offspring of a brother he has always envied. The young woman’s stepmother, who looks after her as if she were her own flesh and blood, sees only one way out of this predicament: after a secret childbirth she drowns the newborn baby in the freezing river. When spring arrives, a wedding is in the offing, but then the ice melts and reveals all the shattered hopes of the previous summer. Believing to have wanted nothing but the best for the girl, misguided by her own disappointments and under the influence of her inflexible morals, the sextoness had irreversibly intruded in the destiny of her stepdaughter Jenůfa, assuming a huge burden of guilt. Leoš Janáček tells this story straightforwardly and devoid of illusion, yet not without giving us a great musical promise of some small happiness.
Sung in Czech with German surtitles
This performance will be broadcast live on STAATSOPER.TV.
|Saturday, 9 March 2013|
|7.00 p.m. - app. 9.30 p.m. |
|Playing time: 2 hours 30 minutes (1 intermission)|
|Open ticket sales and subscription|
Musikalische Leitung Tomá HanusInszenierung Barbara FreyBühne Bettina MeyerKostüme Bettina WalterLicht Michael BauerChoreographische Mitarbeit Zenta HaerterChor Sören EckhoffDie alte Buryja Renate BehleLaca Klemen Stefan MargitaSteva Buryja Ale BrisceinDie Küsterin Buryja Gabriele SchnautJenufa Karita MattilaAltgesell Christian RiegerDorfrichter Christoph StephingerFrau des Dorfrichters Jitka ZerhauováKarolka Laura TatulescuSchäferin Angela BrowerBarena Silvia HauerJano Iulia Maria Dan1. Stimme Golda Schultz2. Stimme Andrea Borghini
The Bavarian State Orchestra
The Chorus of the Bavarian State Opera