Claus Guth's staging of Janácek's opera explores the lives of two courageous women struggling for fulfilment in a small rural community, with Asmik Grigorian and Karita Mattila. Available to watch for free from 7.30pm BST Friday 15 October until 11.59 BST on Sunday 14 November.
The Royal Opera continues its series of Janáček operas with the first production of Jenůfa at Covent Garden since 2001, by award-winning director Claus Guth. Janáček movingly captures Jenůfa’s progression from hope to despair to eventual radiant happiness, while her stepmother, the Kostelnička, is one of opera’s most complex maternal figures. The two courageous women struggle for fulfilment against the backdrop of a claustrophobic rural community.
Asmik Grigorian as Jenůfa in her Royal Opera House debut and Karita Mattila as the Kostelnička lead a star cast with Hungarian conductor Henrik Nánási conducting a stunning score infused with traditional folk melodies of Janáček’s native Moravia.