Katya Kabanova is a woman with a gentle soul and a passionate nature, drowning in a narrow-minded small town society. She is married to Tichon, a weak man entirely under the thumb of his nightmare of a mother, Kabanicha. Katya has caught the eye of the romantic Boris, and when Tichon leaves on a business trip, temptation proves impossible to resist. Katya and Boris embark on a passionate affair, spending every night together. But when her husband returns, a storm breaks in Katya's heart and mind. Overwhelmed by a sense of guilt, she feels compelled to confess her sin. Sung in Czech with English surtitles. Co-production with Grand Theatre de Geneve. Running time approx 1hr 55mins.Performers Cheryl Barker (Katerina Kabanova), Peter Wedd (Vanya Kudrjash), Alan Fairs (Dikoy), Tom Randle (Boris Grigorievich), Suzanne Murphy (Kabanicha), Andrew Forbes-Lane (Tikhon Ivanich Kabanov), Arlene Rolph (Varvara).
Music Janaceck. Book by Ostrovsky. Company Welsh National Opera. Conductor Steven Sloane (except Jul 15). Director Katie Mitchell. Design Vicki Mortimer. Lighting Paule Constable. Choreographer Struan Leslie.