Soprano Anja Silja sings the role of the embittered widow, Kostelnicka, who drowns her infant grandson to save her beloved stepdaughter Jenufa (Roberta Alexander) from the shame and hardship of raising an illegitimate child.This highly accalimed production resurrects the Brno version of the opera, unseen and unheard since its 1904 debut.
Conducted by Andrew Davis, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and a stellar cast restore Jenufa to its original poignancy and raw brilliance, exploring how love and honor gone awry can lead to tragedy.
"This is a superb production (by Nikolas Lehnhof), brilliantly conducted and well sung - a highly recommended performance...Sets and costumes must be commended not for their novelty but for their effectiveness in representing exteriors and interiors on the small stage of the old theatre. Special commendation is also earned by Andrew Davis for maintaining the pulse of the opera unrelentingly, building from emotional crescendo to crescendo. " - Michael Richter, Opera Japonica
Anja SiljaRoberta Alexander
London Philharmonic OrchestraConductor: Andrew Davis
Composer: Leos Janacek
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