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4 Feb 2019 - 26 Feb 2019

Katya Kabanova at Royal Opera House

Rising stars Amanda Majeski and Pavel Cernoch make Royal Opera debuts in Richard Jones's production of the second work in The Royal Opera's Janáček cycle.

Katya Kabanova combines Janáček's distinctive 'speech melodies' that highlight the inflections of Czech speech with episodes of passionate lyricism and melodic beauty such as Kudrjáš and Varvara's playful folksongs, Kát’a 's ecstatic Act I monologue and her tender encounters with Boris. The score also contains many orchestral glories, including the brooding Prelude and Act III's terrifying storm. Richard Jones's production places Kát’a within a repressive and remote 20th-century community, whose small-town attitudes provoke isolation.

Katya Kabanova was inspired by Alexander Ostrovsky's play The Thunderstorm, a social critique of Russia's merchant class. It was part of a remarkable 'late flowering' for Janácek that also included three further operas, the Sinfonietta, two string quartets and the Glagolitic Mass. Like Janácek's earlier JenufaKatya is particularly noteworthy for the composer's thoughtful and sympathetic portrayal of his heroine.

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From: 4 Feb 2019
To: 26 Feb 2019


Royal Opera House

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