Káťa Kabanová

(Káťa Kabanová)
Leoš Janáček
Opera in Three Acts [1921]
Libretto by the Composer, based on Aleksandr N. Ostrowski's play The Storm

Czech
Internationally renowned soprano Annette Dasch interprets Leoš Janáček's masterful, claustrophobic portrait of a young woman in revolt against her circumstances. At the conductor’s podium, a rising star leads the production: Lithuanian conductor Giedrė Šlekytė. Director Jetske Mijnssen is a welcome returnee as well, taking a fresh look at the tragedy of an extraordinary female figure.

Enormous yearning, conservative mores and hard-hearted contemporaries—in her search for a fulfilled life, young Katja breaks with marital convention. Her whole life, she has struggled with herself and her world. Driven and plagued by unfulfilled passions, Katja's fight against everyone else is ultimately a revolt against her own embitterment. Thus, her leap into alleged happiness ends in her tragic downfall: Katja ends her lifelong flight from herself by taking her own life.

Among early 20th century composers, the Czech Leoš Janáček stands out as exceptional. He listened with a careful ear to the language of the people around him, alert to the inner worlds their speech betrayed, and from this developed his compositional style. In Katja Kabanowa, Janáček combines Slavic-folkloric sounds with influences derived from church music, combining highly expressive tonal coloring with the most delicate motif work. These are expertly deployed in the service of the characters’ psychology, to ultimately construct a work that is both a compelling character portrait and a modern masterpiece of musical drama.
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Selected Performance: 2337
2337
Sun 9 Jan 202218:00
Crew
Conductor
Giedrė Šlekytė
Director
Jetske Mijnssen
Set design
Julia Katharina Berndt
Costume design
Dieuweke van Reij
Dramaturgy
Lighting
Mark van Denesse
Cast
Dikoj, a businessman
Boris, his nephew
Magnus Vigilius
Marfa Kaban, widow and Tichon's mother
Doris Lamprecht
Tichon, Marfa’s son
Kát’a Kabanová, his wife
Annette Dasch
Wanja Kudrjasch, teacher, chemist
Barbara, Kabanow’s foster daughter
Susan Zarrabi
Glascha / Fekluscha
N.N.
Chorsolisten der Komischen Oper Berlin, Es spielt das Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin.
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