Jenůfa, a young woman living in a remote rural village, is pregnant, though as yet unmarried. Her stern stepmother, worried for the family’s reputation and her own status as the leader of their village, hides Jenůfa away to bear her child. Months later, the river thaws and a gruesome secret is uncovered. Suspicion falls immediately on Jenůfa, but the truth will out.
Drawing its audience into a claustrophobic community that is universally recognisable, Jenůfa has been keeping audiences on the edge of their seats for over 100 years. The creative team behind 2012’s sell-out tour of La traviata returns to Scottish Opera to bring Janáček’s masterpiece to life, promising a beautifully observed production that makes full use of their extensive narrative gifts.
Inspired by traditional folk melodies and with colourful orchestration and rhythmic bite, the score sweeps the story along with tension, drama and overwhelming emotion. Scottish soprano Lee Bisset, lauded for her Kátya at Longborough Festival in 2012, is Jenůfa, alongside an international cast including former Royal Opera House principal Peter Wedd and celebrated British soprano Kathryn Harries. Janáček specialist Stuart Stratford conducts.
Listen to extracts from Jenůfa:
The evening’s drawing on
Yes old lady
It’s a long way to Nove Zamky
So, for more than twenty weeks
Look at her!
It's night time now
Oh, mother, mother, mother mine!
Do not condemn her!
From the complete recording on Decca Classics www.deccaclassics.com
Vienna Philharmonic/Sir Charles Mackerras/Elisabeth Söderström/Wieslav Ochman/Eva Randová
Supported by The Scottish Opera SyndicateSung in Czech with English supertitles Running time 2 hrs 25 mins approximately