Kátya Kabanová

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


  • PLAYLIST Credits

  • Katya Kabanova

Cast & Creative Team

Kátya Kabanová
Laura Wilde

Patricia Bardon

Boris Grigoyevich
Ric Furman

Tikhon Ivanish Kabanov
Samuel Sakker

Paul Whelan

Hanna Hipp

Vanya Kudrjash
Trystan Llŷr Griffiths

Alexey Gusev*
*Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

Bethan Langford*
Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

Stuart Stratford

Stephen Lawless

Set & Costume Designer
Leslie Travers

Lighting Designer
Christopher Akerlind

Theatre Royal Glasgow 

12 • 14 • 16 Mar 7.15pm

Festival Theatre Edinburgh
21 • 23 Mar 7.15pm


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







If you are visually impaired, you can enjoy the full opera experience with live commentary that describes the action on stage without compromising the music. Free touch tours including the set, props and costumes are also available before the show.

Touch Tours

Sat 16 Mar, 6pm

Sat 23 Mar, 6pm

Audio Described

Sat 16 Mar, 7.15pm

Sat 23 Mar, 7.15pm

Contact the box office at your local venue to book – tickets should be booked at least two weeks in advance. Discounts available. Touch tours only available to audio-description bookers. Guide dogs welcome. Find out more.

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Opera Unwrapped

Wed 13 Mar, 6pm

Fri 22 Mar, 6pm

Pre-show Talk

Sat 16 Mar, 6pm

Sat 23 Mar, 6pm

Tickets for Opera Unwrapped are just £5. Pre-show talks are free but should be reserved by calling the box office at your chosen venue. Find out more.