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Preview

Language: 
Tchèque (Subtitles : Français et anglais)
Duration: 
2h40

Summary

Janáček’s exquisitely lush orchestral writing meets the brilliance  of celebrated Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan and sublime  Quebec soprano Marianne Fiset, in a new production you don’t  want to miss this season.

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Composer

Leoš Janáček  >

Born in 1854 in Hukvaldy, Moravia, died in Ostrava in 1928, Leoš Janaček studied music at the Brno monastery and the organ in Prague and at the Leipzig Conservatory. He was choirmaster at Olomouc Cathedral, conductor in Brno, founder of the organ conservatory in his hometown. He composed a ballet, nine operas (among the most famous: Jenufa, Kátia Kabanová, Osud, Les Voyages de Mr Broucek, La Petite Renarde rusée, L'Affaire Makropoulos, De la Maison des Mort) (...)

Stage Director

Atom Egoyan  >

With eighteen feature films to his credit, Atom Egoyan is one of the most celebrated filmmakers on the international scene. He has directed theatre and opera projects around the world. His stage interpretation of Samuel Beckett’s Eh Joe was recognized with The Irish Times/ESB Award for Best Direction. His award-winning productions for the Canadian Opera Company include Strauss’s Salome, Wagner’s Die Walküre, and Mozart’s Così fan tutte.

Synopsis

  • Synopsis

    The story takes place in a tiny village in Moravia, at the end of the 19th century. Social and family pressures are strong, particularly at the mill run by Steva, an inveterate drunk and skirt-chaser, who is the father of Jenufa’s unborn child. But Laca is secretly in love with Jenufa and in a fit of jealousy slashes her face in order to disfigure her. Kostelnicka, the churchwarden’s widow and Jenufa’s stepmother, is the moral authority of the village. Yet she fails to convince Steva to take responsibility and marry Jenufa, who is no longer attractive in his eyes. The only solution for Kostelnicka is to “save” her daughter-in-law and kill the illegitimate child. She convinces Jenufa that her baby was stillborn and that she should marry Laca, who still loves her.  However, Kostelnicka’s crime is discovered on Laca and Jenufa’s wedding day. The baby's body is found in a stream and the powerful matriarch confesses publicly to the murder. Jenufa believes her stepmother acted out of love and forgives her before committing, full of confidence, to building a new life with Laca.