Conductor: Tomáš Netopil, Robert Jindra
Stage director: Robert Wilson
Sets: Robert Wilson
Light-design: Robert Wilson, AJ Weissbard
Chorus master: Martin Buchta
Dramaturgy: Ellen Hammer
Stage direction cooperation: Jean Yves Courregelongue
Czech National Opera Orchestra
Czech National Opera Chorus
Premiere: June 26, 2010
A crucial position in Leoš Janáček’s globally admired operatic oeuvre is occupied by forcible stories of women tried by fate and suffering hardship owing to human inconsideration. Katya Kabanova, composed on the basis of A. N. Ostrovsky's drama The Tempest and first staged in Brno in 1921, is very closely related to Jenufa: the emotional freedom and non-conformity of human behaviour is suffocated by the outer order, which only protects those respecting it utterly. However, unlike Jenufa, Katya is primarily subject to a disastrous inner struggle between desire and reason. She is undoubtedly the greatest and most rounded of Janáček’s female dramatic characters. The National Theatre presents Katya Kabanova as bewitchingly directed by Robert Wilson, the world-renowned theatre wizard and artist. Following the opera Fate, staged in 2002, this is the second Janáček production specially created for the National Theatre by one of the most distinguished contemporary global theatre-makers.
Orchestra and Chorus of the National Theatre Opera.
The opera is staged in Czech original version and Czech and English surtitles are used in the performance.
Duration of the performance: 2 hours