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Jenufa

24 March—9 April 2020
Main Stage

Claus Guth's staging of Janácek's opera explores the lives of two courageous women struggling for fulfilment in a small rural community, with Karita Mattila and rising star Asmik Grigorian.

Background

Next in The Royal Opera’s stagings of Janácek, Jenufa explores the lives of two courageous women struggling for fulfilment in a small rural community. Janácek movingly captures Jenufa’s progression from hope to despair to eventual radiant happiness, while her stepmother, the Kostelnicka, is one of opera’s most complex and sympathetic maternal figures. Award-winning director Claus Guth stages the first production of Jenufa at Covent Garden since 2001. Former Music Director of Glyndebourne Vladimir Jurowski makes a long-awaited return to The Royal Opera conducting a stunning score infused with the folk music of Janácek’s native Moravia, with rising star Asmik Grigorian as Jenufa and Karita Mattila as the Kostelnicka.