Bachtrack logo

Osud (Fate)New Production

Map
This listing is in the past
Leeds Grand TheatreLeeds, Yorkshire and the Humber, LS1 6NZ, United Kingdom
2017 October 11 19:15, October 14 19:15, October 18 21:00, October 20 19:15
Performers
Opera North
Martin AndréConductor
Annabel ArdenDirector
Charles EdwardsSet Designer
Hannah ClarkCostume Designer
Giselle AllenSopranoMíla Valková
Rosalind PlowrightMezzo-sopranoMíla's mother
John Graham-HallTenorŽivný
Peter AutyTenorDr Suda
Ann TaylorMezzo-sopranoMiss Stuhlá
Dean RobinsonBassKonečký
Richard BurkhardBaritoneLhotský
Chorus of Opera North
Orchestra of Opera North

Janáček’s score for this hidden gem has an expansive lyricism that glows with some of his most incandescent music.

Osud was spurred by a chance meeting in a Moravian spa town in 1903 between Janáček and a woman who complained to him that she had been unflatteringly portrayed in an opera by another composer a few years earlier. Infatuated with the woman, and determined to present her in a rosier light, Janáček set to work on his own opera.

Janáček’s original outline for Osud subsequently underwent many adjustments. What finally emerged was the story of a composer, Živný, who has written an autobiographical opera about his obsessive, tormented love for Míla, with whom he has a young son. The last act is unfinished, however: Živný’s opera cannot be concluded until its story has been lived...

Wallis Giunta (Dinah) with Nicholas Butterfield, Fflur Wyn and Joseph Shovelton (The Trio) © Alastair Muir
Read our review
Mobile version