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Jenufa

Møllehjul
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Running
12. March–9. April
SCENE
Main Stage
Duration
3 h / 1 break

Family drama at its most intense

In Janacek’s stunning opera Jenufa, life is claustrophobic, wretched and rigid. But an enduring hope that love can set you free is springing forth just below the surface.

The young Jenufa dreams about real love. She lives in a world where innocence and beauty are the currency of women. When Jenufa becomes pregnant and has her face mutilated, she loses all prospects of such a future. Out of love for her stepdaughter, Jenufa’s stepmother commits a horrible crime in order to win back her freedom – and the family honour.
To those who may think that Jenufa is a depressing opera, think again! It portrays a burning hope for a better world and has made Czech Janacek one of the twentieth century’s greatest opera composers.

In our new production, Jenufa is staged by the accomplished director Keith Warner, with a star-studded cast of international and Norwegian soloists performing on stage.

The ‘village beast’, shame and honour

We find ourselves in a rural community where Jenufa lives with her stepmother Kostelnicka, grandmother Buryja and cousins Steva and Laca. Not only does the old family mill tower above them, but also the critical gazes of the villagers, religious dogma and strong codes of honour.
Jenufa shows that people try to do the right thing, but end up getting it all wrong anyway. The opera paints an intense psychological portrait of interpersonal relationships. It includes one of the twentieth century’s most exquisite opera scenes in which love is put to the test. Is it possible to forgive the unforgivable?

To a dying daughter

Jenufa is based on the play Her stepdaughter (Jeji pastorkyna) by Gabriela Preissová. The opera was completed while the composer’s daughter Olga was seriously ill and Janacek just managed to perform it for her before she died. It was later dedicated to Olga and a father’s love for a young girl’s fate can perhaps be heard even more distinctly in the second and third acts.

Sounds of real life

Like in a film, there are no arias or numbers in Jenufa. Janacek wrote music that reflected real life in the early 1900s. He listened for the tones of melodies along the streets of his hometown of Brno. Where others heard only everyday chatting, Janacek could hear the undertones of tears, longing or love in the words spoken between people. We clearly hear this in Jenufa. The music takes us into the world of captivating Czech feasts and folklore.

Kunstnerisk team og medvirkende

  • Music and libretto
    Leos Janacek
  • Conductor
    Robert Jindra
  • Direction
    Keith Warner
  • Set design
    Jason Southgate
  • Costumes
    Julia Müer
  • Lighting design
    John Bishop
    • Kostelnicka Buryjovka
        • 12. Mar 2022 18:00
        • 16. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 19. Mar 2022 18:00
        • 25. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 29. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 31. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 6. Apr 2022 19:00
        • 9. Apr 2022 18:00
    • Jenufa
        • 12. Mar 2022 18:00
        • 16. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 19. Mar 2022 18:00
        • 25. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 29. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 31. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 6. Apr 2022 19:00
        • 9. Apr 2022 18:00
    • Steva Buryja
        • 12. Mar 2022 18:00
        • 16. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 19. Mar 2022 18:00
        • 25. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 29. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 31. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 6. Apr 2022 19:00
        • 9. Apr 2022 18:00
    • Laca Klemen
        • 12. Mar 2022 18:00
        • 16. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 19. Mar 2022 18:00
        • 25. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 29. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 31. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 6. Apr 2022 19:00
        • 9. Apr 2022 18:00
    • Starenka Buryjovka
        • 12. Mar 2022 18:00
        • 16. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 19. Mar 2022 18:00
        • 25. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 29. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 31. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 6. Apr 2022 19:00
        • 9. Apr 2022 18:00
    • Starek
        • 12. Mar 2022 18:00
        • 16. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 19. Mar 2022 18:00
        • 25. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 29. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 31. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 6. Apr 2022 19:00
        • 9. Apr 2022 18:00
    • Rychtar
        • 12. Mar 2022 18:00
        • 16. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 19. Mar 2022 18:00
        • 25. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 29. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 31. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 6. Apr 2022 19:00
        • 9. Apr 2022 18:00
    • Rychtarka
        • 12. Mar 2022 18:00
        • 16. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 19. Mar 2022 18:00
        • 25. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 29. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 31. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 6. Apr 2022 19:00
        • 9. Apr 2022 18:00
    • Karolka
        • 12. Mar 2022 18:00
        • 16. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 19. Mar 2022 18:00
        • 25. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 29. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 31. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 6. Apr 2022 19:00
        • 9. Apr 2022 18:00
    • Barena
        • 12. Mar 2022 18:00
        • 16. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 19. Mar 2022 18:00
        • 25. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 29. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 31. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 6. Apr 2022 19:00
        • 9. Apr 2022 18:00
    • Jano
      • Inga Lohne-Otterstad
        • 12. Mar 2022 18:00
        • 16. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 19. Mar 2022 18:00
        • 25. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 29. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 31. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 6. Apr 2022 19:00
        • 9. Apr 2022 18:00
      • Karen Sofie Hafskjold
        • 12. Mar 2022 18:00
        • 16. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 19. Mar 2022 18:00
        • 25. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 29. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 31. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 6. Apr 2022 19:00
        • 9. Apr 2022 18:00
    • Pastorkyna
        • 12. Mar 2022 18:00
        • 16. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 19. Mar 2022 18:00
        • 25. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 29. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 31. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 6. Apr 2022 19:00
        • 9. Apr 2022 18:00
    • Tetka
        • 12. Mar 2022 18:00
        • 16. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 19. Mar 2022 18:00
        • 25. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 29. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 31. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 6. Apr 2022 19:00
        • 9. Apr 2022 18:00
    • 1. stemme
        • 12. Mar 2022 18:00
        • 16. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 19. Mar 2022 18:00
        • 25. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 29. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 31. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 6. Apr 2022 19:00
        • 9. Apr 2022 18:00
    • 2. stemme
        • 12. Mar 2022 18:00
        • 16. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 19. Mar 2022 18:00
        • 25. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 29. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 31. Mar 2022 19:00
        • 6. Apr 2022 19:00
        • 9. Apr 2022 18:00
Price
100 –900 kr
Language
tsjekkisk
Subtitles
norsk og engelsk
  • Saturday 12. March
    18:00 / Main Stage
  • Wednesday 16. March
    19:00 / Main Stage
  • Saturday 19. March
    18:00 / Main Stage
  • Friday 25. March
    19:00 / Main Stage
  • Tuesday 29. March
    19:00 / Main Stage
  • Thursday 31. March
    19:00 / Main Stage
  • Wednesday 6. April
    19:00 / Main Stage
  • Saturday 9. April
    18:00 / Main Stage