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Katya Kabanova

Leoš Janáček

Why can’t people fly like birds?

The National Theatre
The Year of Czech music
English surtitles

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The National Theatre

Approximate running time

1 hour 30 minutes, no intermission


In Czech, surtitles 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.


  • 2023-2024
  • 2024-2025



National Theatre Chorus
National Theatre 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 prepared a new Katya Kabanova production, 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.

Suitable for audience from 12 years.


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Poster Katya Kabanova

A poster for the production of Katya Kabanova

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Where to buy tickets

The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. We are currently selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika taking place in July–December 2024.

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