Janáček's Jenůfa from Zurich

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

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Leoš Janáček was in his 60s, at an age when many are thinking of retirement, when the surprise success of Jenůfa first brought him widespread fame. The opera is an undoubted masterpiece, telling a disturbing, yet strangely inspiring story of multiple betrayals, gruesome murder and ultimate, if unlikely, forgiveness.

This production of Janáček's Jenůfa comes from the Zurich Opera House in Switzerland. Soprano Kristine Opolais stars in the title role, with soprano Michaela Martens as Jenufa's stepmother Kostelnicka. The performance is led by conductor Fabio Luisi, in his first production as the Zurich Opera's new music director.

Cast:

Conductor: Fabio Luisi

Jenůfa: Kristine Opolais (soprano)

Kostelnicka: Michaela Martens (soprano)

Laca: Christopher Ventris (tenor)

Steva: Pavol Breslik (tenor)

Grandmother Buryjovka: Hanna Schwarz (contralto)

Mill Foreman: Chayne Davidson (baritone)

Mayor: Lukas Jakobski (bass)

Karolka: Ivan Rusko (mezzo-soprano)

Mayor's Wife: Irene Friedli (mezzo-soprano)

Jano: Susanne Grossteiner

Zurich Opera House Orchestra and Chorus

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