Kát’a Kabanová

Kát’a Kabanová

Opera by Leoš Janáček

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Fri 21 Oct20:00
Sun 23 Oct15:00
Tue 25 Oct20:00
Fri 28 Oct20:00
Sun 30 Oct15:00
Tue 1 Nov20:00
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Infos & Cast


Infos & Cast

Opera by Leoš Janáček
Libretto by Vincenc Červinka after the play The Storm by Alexandre Ostrovsky
First performed in 1921 at the National Theatre Brno
Last performed at the Grand Théâtre de Genève 2002-2003

21, 25, 28 October and 1 November 2022 – 8pm
23 and 30 October 2022 – 3pm

Musical Director Tomáš Netopil
Stage Director Tatjana Gürbaca
Scenography Henrik Ahr
Costumes Barbara Drosihn
Lighting Designer Stefan Bolliger
Dramaturgy Bettina Auer
Choir director Alan Woodbridge

Katia Kabanova Corinne Winters
Boris Grigorjevič Aleš Briscein
Marfa Ignatěvna (Kabanicha) Elena Zhidkova
Tichon Ivanyč Kabanov Stephan Rügamer
Savël Prokofjevič Dikój Tómas Tómasson
Váňa Kudrjaš Sam Furness
Varvara Ena Pongrac

Grand Théâtre de Genève Chorus
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Coproduction with Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf Duisburg

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The Grand Théâtre’s exploration of Leoš Janáček’s operas continues this season with his searing tragedy, Katia Kabanova. First seen in Brno in 1921, the opera is based on Alexander Ostrovsky’s drama The Storm and charts Janáček’s enduring obsession with Russian literature. Yet it also opens a window onto the composer’s soul, written in the white heat of his passion for Kamila Stösslová, the woman who became his muse during a final decade of unbridled creativity. Living in Moravia, unhappily married, Janáček felt kinship with his heroine, who yearns to escape her drab provincial home and loveless husband, Tichon. Witnessing the carefree life of Varvara and Váňa, Katia embarks on an adulterous and disastrous relationship with Boris. Dreams of freedom and sultry nights on the River Volga draw music of staggering beauty from Janáček’s pen. Swelling through the orchestra, it offers a stark contrast with the brutal world that forces Katia to drown herself.
These performances reunite soprano Corinne Winters, appearing in the title role, and the highly acclaimed German director Tatjana Gürbaca, following their triumph with Janáček’s Jenůfa last season. They are joined by conductor and principal guest conductor of the Czech Philharmonic, Tomáš Netopil and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, with a cast that includes Netopil’s fellow Czech Aleš Briscein as Boris, returning to Geneva after his success in War and Peace last season, and the impressive Russian mezzo-soprano Elena Zhidkova as Katia’s timorous mother-in-law. Croatian mezzo Ena Pongrac and Welsh tenor Sam Furness play the young lovers, Varvara and Váňa, the only people able to realise their dreams of escape. Gürbaca and her well-honed team’s gripping production tells of Katia’s desperate search for ecstasy in this narrow and claustrophobic world. Forbidden to work, she is surrounded by the banal and the morally bankrupt, with an older generation that has turned against the young and denies her any opportunity. Instead, she craves a higher sense of purpose that she finally discovers in the Volga’s pantheistic force, with the river offering that necessary alternative to a life without divinity. So, while Katia’s final decision is a desperate one, it is also a flight into nature. In turn, it inspired one of Janáček’s most potent creations.




Katia at La Plage

Apéropéra 6.10.2022
Public Workshop 8.10.2022
Brunch 16.10.2022
Conference 17.10.2022
En coulisse 23.10.2022
Intropéra 45 minutes before each performance


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