Opera The National Theatre


Leoš Janáček


Libretto: Leoš Janáček
Conductor: Robert Jindra
Stage director: Jiří Nekvasil
Sets: Daniel Dvořák
Costumes: Daniel Dvořák
Chorus master: Pavel Vaněk
Dramaturgy: Pavel Petráněk

National Theatre Orchestra

National Theatre Chorus

Ballet of the National Theatre Opera

Premiere: September 11, 2005

Janáček’s world-famous drama presents human relationships formed by the harsh environment of a self–contained rural community where one lives constantly under the watch of others. This plagues the life of Jenůfa and, above all, influences the conduct of her stepmother, Kostelnička (the Sacristian), who at any cost strives to maintain her position and the respect of the whole village. She does so through secretly murdering Jenůfa’s extramarital child.

A co-production with Opera Ireland Dublin and Latvias Nacionalas Opera Riga

The opera is staged in Czech original version and English and German surtitles are used in the performance.

Photo: František Ortmann

Duration of the performance: 2 hours and 40 minutes, 2 intermissions