"Katya Kabanova" from London in Warsaw

"Katya Kabanova" in Warsaw; photo: Grand Theatre - National Opera
The premiere prepared by Grand Theatre - National Opera in Warsaw in co-operation with the English National Opera, is also the first production of the work by Leoš Janáček on this stage.

Katya Kabanova tells the story of a woman undertaking an unequal battle for her right to freedom. Katya looks for salvation in a forbidden love, but it will bring her nothing but death. The key scene of the storm is simultaneously a metaphor of the heroin's feelings: Katya fights against the passion but gradually succumbs to her feelings, even if she is still able to save her honesty and sensitivity.

Full of strong but pure feelings, the expressive music of Leoš Janáček turns a drama into a tragedy. The performance is directed by David Alden, one of the leading American opera creators known as well in America as in Europe. Alden became famous thanks to controversial performances he has made since the late 1980s in the prestigious English National Opera. He produced there, among others, Verdi's Boccanegra and Un Ballo in Maschera, Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust, Wagner's Tristan und Isolde; and his latest premiere on the stage - Jenufa by Janáček - got in 2006 a title of the Best New Opera Production and the Laurence Olivier Award.

Cast: Aleksander Teliga (Dikoy), Rafał Bartmiński (Boris), Jitka Zerhauová (Kabanicha), Paweł Wunder (Tikhon), Wioletta Chodowicz (Katya), Karol Kozłowski (Kurdjash), Elżbieta Wróblewska (Varvara), Michał Partyka (Kuligin), Magdalena Idzik (Glasha) i Aneta Łukaszewicz (Fyoklusha). With the Choire and Orchestra of the National Opera conducted by Tomáš Hanus.

Performances: April 25, 27, 29, 2010
  • Katya Kabanova by Leoš Janáček, opera in three acts, libretto: Leoš Janáček after Alexandr Ostrovsky's play The Storm. Directed by: David Alden, Musical director: Tomáš Hanus, scenic design: Charles Edwards. Co-production of English National Opera, London and Grand Theatre - National Opera.
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