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The National TheatreApproximate running time
1 hour 30 minutes, no intermissionLanguage
In Czech, subtitles in Czech, EnglishPremiere
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.
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.
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