A new co-production with Theater Magdeburg
Renowned British director Stephen Lawless brings his trademark theatricality to Janáček’s intense drama.
In a small industrial community, lost in the vast landscape of Russia, Kátya is torn between her love of a younger man and her duty as a wife. This insightful new production brings the shattering effects of oppression and isolation to the fore as Kátya is inexorably drawn towards the ever-present Volga river, and the escape it alone can offer…
‘For me, Janáček is the pre-eminent operatic composer of the 20th century and Kátya Kabanová his greatest work. Short, compact, fast moving and not without humour – it is for me the template for what opera should be.’ Stephen Lawless
Following the huge success of recent Czech opera productions – Janáček’s Jenůfa (2015) and Dvořák’s Rusalka (2016) – Kátya makes a long overdue return to Scottish Opera’s main Season programme. With romance, drama and an orchestral scoring that encompasses an extraordinary range of colours and textures, Janáček’s music is both heartrending and hugely uplifting. Laura Wilde, much-lauded for her Jenůfa at English National Opera in 2016, sings Kátya, alongside a cast including American tenor Ric Furman and Hanna Hipp (The Marriage of Figaro 2016). Distinguished mezzo Patricia Bardon is meddling mother-in-law Kabanicha. Stuart Stratford conducts.
Running time approx. 2 hours
Sung in Czech with English supertitles
Cast & Creative Team
What the press said
'An exceptional realisation of Janacek's small-town drama.' ★★★★★ The Stage
'A world so enthralling that to witness it felt a privilege.' ★★★★★ ScotsWhayHae.com
'The orchestra under Stuart Stratford was superb' ★★★★★ ScotsGayArts.com
'This is a staging full of big stuff... that also delights in small things.' ★★★★ The Herald
'Wonderfully vivid...an engagingly strong production.' ★★★★ Bachtrack
'The strength of Stephen Lawless' production lies in both its respect for the clarity of Janacek's score and a dramaturgy that emphasises the resonance of the grand emotions contained within the taut domestic tragedy.' ★★★★ The List
Kátya Kabanová 2019 | What The Audience ThoughtOur new production of Janacek's Kátya Kabanová opened on 12 Mar to triumphant reactions from audience and critics! But don't take our word for it...
Kátya Kabanová 2019 | TrailerOur beautiful new production of Janacek's Kátya Kabanová is here! Get a taste of the show and Janacek's hugely cinematic music in our latest trailer.
Kátya Kabanová 2019 | International Womens' DayDelve deeper into the world of Kátya Kabanová with our latest video from behind-the-scenes of the show, featuring singers Laura Wilde (Kátya) and Patricia Bardon, and Assistant Director Roxana Haines. Learn more about the compelling, conflicted characters at the heart of Janáček's masterful drama, and find out why the cast think Kátya is a great choice for first-time opera-goers.
Kátya Kabanová 2019 | Laura Wilde sings Víš, co mi napadhlo?Our Kátya, Laura Wilde, introduces Janacek's compelling heroine and sings an excerpt from the audience's first encounter with her in Act I of the opera – Víš, co mi napadhlo? (Do you know what just occurred to me?)
Kátya Kabanová 2019: Czech for beginnersAt a recent gathering of Friends and supporters of Scottish Opera, we enjoyed Kátya Kabanová's language coach, Lada Valešová, giving us an introduction to the Czech language, and a few of the challenges faced by our singers when learning Janáček's libretto in its mother tongue. Fascinating stuff!
Kátya Kabanová 2019 | TeaserWatch the latest teaser for our upcoming production of Janacek’s intensely human drama.