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Katya Kabanova

Leoš Janáček

Why can’t people fly like birds?

The National Theatre
Modern adaptation
Famous draft
Czech Classic
Premiere production

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    January 2022

    Friday 28. 1.

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    1. premiere

    Basic information


    The National Theatre


    In Czech, subtitles in Czech, English


    January 28, 2022

    The opera Katya Kabanova, based on A. N. Ostrovsky’s drama The Storm, deeply impresses every perceptive viewer due to its immense emotionality and Janáček’s extraordinary empathy.


    • 2021-2022


    Stage director
    Calixto Bieito
    Eva Butzkies
    Lighting design
    Michael Bauer
    Chorus master
    Jan Bubák
    Beno Blachut


    National Theatre Chorus and Orchestra

    Although many in his homeland still consider Leoš Janáček a difficult modernist, all over the world he has long been esteemed as a truly singular classical genius. His opera Katya Kabanova, based on A. N. Ostrovsky’s drama The Storm, deeply impresses every perceptive viewer due to its immense emotionality, attesting to Janáček’s extraordinary empathy. The title heroine, with her dreamy, amorous and heart-wrenching states of mind, is placed in stark contrast with the savage behaviour of those around her. The desperate Katya ultimately finds the solution to her inner conflict between desire and social obligation in the water of the river Volga. The National Theatre in Prague first performed Janáček’s opera a year after its world premiere in Brno in November 1921.

    More than a decade since our most recent adaptation, we are now preparing a new Katya Kabanova production, to be conducted by Jaroslav Kyzlink, the Music Director of the National Theatre Opera, and staged by the Spanish director Calixto Bieito, famous for his unorthodox interpretations of classic operas, who has already explored Janáček’s operatic world in his remarkable accounts of Jenůfa in Stuttgart and From the House of the Dead in Nuremberg.



    Practical information

    Where to buy tickets

    The National Theatre offers tickets for August –⁠ November 2021

    Tickets for November on sale from August1st.

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    From the beginning of April 2020, the underground car park is closed due to reconstruction. The length of the reconstruction is estimated at a year and a half.


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