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NationaltheaterMunich, Bavaria, Germany
On Friday 14 July 2017 at 19:00
Bavarian State Opera
Tomáš HanusConductor
Barbara FreyDirector
Bettina MeyerSet Designer
Bettina WalterCostume Designer
Hanna SchwarzMezzo-sopranoGrandmother Buryjovka
Stuart SkeltonTenorLaca Klemeň
Pavel ČernochTenorŠteva Buryja
Karita MattilaSopranoKostelnička
Eva-Maria WestbroekSopranoJenůfa
Christian RiegerBassStárek, Mill foreman
Kristof KlorekBass-baritoneMayor
Heike GrötzingerMezzo-sopranoMayor's wife
Laura TătulescuSopranoKarolka
Niamh O'SullivanMezzo-sopranoBarena
Elsa BenoitSopranoJano
Alyona AbramowaMezzo-sopranoPastuchyňa
Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper
Bayerisches Staatsorchester

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.

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