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Katya KabanovaNew production

Komische Oper BerlinBehrenstraße 55-57, Berlin, Germany
Dates/times in Berlin time zone
Wednesday 22 December 202119:30
Saturday 25 December 202117:00
Sunday 09 January 202218:00
Saturday 22 January 202219:30
Tuesday 05 July 202219:30
Performers
Komische Oper Berlin
Giedrė ŠlekytėConductor
Jetske MijnssenDirector
Julia Katharina BerndtSet Designer
Dieuweke van ReijCostume Designer
Mark VandenesseLighting Designer
Simon BergerDramaturgy
Magnus VigiliusTenorBoris
Doris LamprechtMezzo-sopranoKabanicha (Marfa Ignatěvna Kabanová)
Annette DaschSopranoKátya (Katerina)
Jens LarsenBassDikój
Stephan RügamerTenorTichon
Timothy OliverTenorKudrjaš
Karolina GumosMezzo-sopranoVarvara
Susan ZarrabiMezzo-sopranoVarvara
Maria FiselierMezzo-sopranoFekluša, Glaša
Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin
Chorsolisten der Komischen Oper Berlin
David CaveliusChoirmaster / chorus director

Opera in Czech language 

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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