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on October 09, 2022
This is the page for the performance on October 09, 2022.
Music Leos Janáček


Cast 09.10.2022

Conductor Tomáš Hanus
Production David Pountney
Set design Robert Israel
Costume Design Marie-Jeanne Lecca
Lichtgestaltung Mimi Jordan Sherin
Choreography Renato Zanella
Laca David Butt Philip
Števa Buryjia Michael Laurenz
Die Küsterin Buryja Eliška Weissová
Jenůfa Asmik Grigorian
Die alte Buryja Margarita Nekrasova
Altgesell Marcus Pelz
Dorfrichter Dan Paul Dumitrescu
Frau des Dorfrichters Stephanie Houtzeel
Karolka Anna Bondarenko
Schäferin Daria Sushkova
Barena Jenni Hietala
Jana Ileana Tonca


For director David Pountney, Jenůfa, despite all its gloom, is an opera of redemption in which the protagonist matures into a human heroine. For even after numerous blows of fate that befall her in a narrow-minded society, she finds the strength to forgive all those who are to blame for her misfortune. Asmik Grigorian in the title role is an exceptional phenomenon on stage: an artist who penetrates the roles entrusted to her with the highest intensity and creates characters of breathlessly captivating power.


The old Burya lives in her mill together with her grandson Števa and his cousin Jenůfa. Jenůfa  is expecting Števa’s child, but has so far managed to keep it a secret. Števa’s stepbrother, the farmhand Laca, also loves Jenůfa. In a fit of jealous rage, Laca slashes Jenůfa’s face, ruining the beauty that enabled her to win Števa. Jenůfa has given birth to her child in secret at the house of her stepmother Kostelnička. Števa ignores Kostelnička’s pleas to acknowledge the child as his son. Laca is now her only hope: he has long since asked forgiveness for his misdeed, and would be prepared in take Jenůfa. However, he is appalled in learn that she has had a child by Števa. Kostelnička tells him that the child is dead, and sends him away to prepare everything from the wedding. Whilst Jenůfa is asleep, Kostelnička takes the baby and drowns him in the icy stream. She then convinces her stepdaughter that the child has died whilst Jenůfa was ill with a fever. The body of a baby is discovered on the day of Jenůfa and Laca’s wedding, to which Števa and his fiancée Karolka are also invited. Plagued by qualms of conscience, Kostelnička confesses her crime. Jenůfa forgives Kostelnička, gives Laca his freedom, but he stands by her, confessing his love for her.