Staged in the Czech original with Czech and English subtitles.
Jenůfa is one of Janáček´s most famous works and was a significant turning point in his artistic career. It has almost never left the repertoire of the Brno opera ensemble since its creation in 1904. However, the festival will feature a special production from London´s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, directed by the excellent Claus Guth. with soprano Karita Mattila in the role of Kostelnička. Claus Guth, whose career as an opera director began in 1998 at the Salzburg festival, is highly sought-after these days. He collaborates with the Bayreuth Festival, La Scala in Milan, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Real in Madrid and other leading theatres. Even though he has directed works ranging from Baroque operas up to classic pieces from the 19th century, his primarily focuses on 20th century operas and contemporary authors. Jenůfa had its beginnings in a realistic drama penned by G. Preissová (1862-1946), which the composer himself adapted into the form of an opera libretto. Even though Janáček shortened the text of the drama significantly, he managed to make the tragic impact of the story from a Moravian village even deeper. The prodigal and unstable Števa, the stern but kind-hearted Laca and above all the relentless Kostelnička, whose efforts to maintain her position and respect in the village community leads her to murder the child of her foster daughter Jenůfa – these are the characters captured by Janáček in a masterful and dramatic portrait that sends chills down one´s spine while simultaneously awakening feelings of compassion and understanding.