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 with surtitles


Laura Wilde (Jenufa), Michaela Martens (Kostelnicka), Peter Hoare (Laca Klemen), Nicky Spence (Steva Buryja), Felicity Palmer (Grandmother Buryja), Graeme Danby (Mill Foreman/Mayor), Valerie Reid (Mayor's Wife), Soraya Maji (Karolka), Sarah Labiner (Jano)


Music: Janacek
Lyrics: Janacek (after Preissova)
Producer: English National Opera
Conductor: Mark Wigglesworth
Director: David Alden
Design: Charles Edwards
Costume: Jon Morrell
Lighting: Adam Silverman
Choreographer(s): Claire Glaskin (original choreographer), Maxine Braham (revival choreographer)
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Jenufa (Opera or Operetta) production archive for QTIX code T15736256. Details of all Jenufa archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S6298

Archive Listings

23 Jun 16
8 Jul 16
London Coliseum
West End
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