Set in Moravia in 1900. Jenufa, loved by Laca, has a son by Steva. Steva denies responsibility and is set to marry the mayor's daughter Karolka. Thinking that she would aid a marriage between Laca and Jenufa the sexton, Kostelnicka drowns the baby in the brook and tells Jenufa that it has died. Jenufa and Laca are about to be married as are Steva and Karolka. As the ceremony begins news comes that the body of a baby has been found under the ice. The Kostelnicka steps forward and confesses her guilt. Comforted by Jenufa's forgiveness, she is led away. Jenufa now turns to Laca and gives him his freedom; but he is faithful, and as the curtain falls they pledge their love. Sung in English. Tom Cairns returns to direct his production of Jenufa, which at its first airing in 1995 was notable for its emotional intensity and beautiful, simple staging. Running time 2 hours 45 minutes


Giselle Allen (Jenufa), Josephine Barstow (Kostelnicka Buryjovka), Pauline Tinsley (Grandmother Buryjovka), Charlotte Kinder (Karolka), Harrie Van Der Plas (Steva Buryja), Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts (Laca Klemen), Christopher Purves (Foreman)


Music: Janacek
Lyrics: Janacek (after Preissova)
Company: Opera North
Conductor: Elgar Howarth
Director: Tom Cairns
Design: Tom Cairns
Choreographer: Aletta Collins (plus co-director)
Lighting: Wolfgang Gobbel
CORONAVIRUS: All UK venues closed on 16th March 2020, restrictions were lifted on 19th July 2021. Please note that iUKTDb archive listings between March 2020 and July 2021 may not be accurate as we did not receive details of all rescheduled and cancelled shows.


Jenufa (Opera or Operetta) production archive for QTIX code T1505479595. Details of all Jenufa archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S6298

Archive Listings

6 Nov 02The Lowry
Greater Manchester
24 Oct 02Hull New Theatre
17 Oct 02Theatre Royal
27 Sep 02
29 Nov 02
Grand Theatre and Opera House
West Yorkshire

© Dynamic Listing Ltd, UK
Listings powered by Dynamic Listing Ltd
Multidomain certificate installed