24 January – 27 February
Finnish National Opera
Helsinginkatu 58

Czech composer Leoš Janáček’s acclaimed Jenůfa is coming to Finnish National Opera from 24 January – 27 February.

Continuing her series of memorable interpretations of Janáček’s oeuvre, Finnish star soprano Karita Mattila depicts the young Jenůfa as she comes to terms with her conflict-torn fate. Widely considered among the most important operatic works of the 20th century, the pregnant Jenůfa has her face destroyed by the jealous Laca’s knife, leaving her with a scar on her face and a child born out of wedlock.

Performed in Czech, with subtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English, Janáček’s music encompasses both the oppressive atmosphere of the small rural village, as well as the good cheer evident in the folk music of its time. First performed in 1904 at the Brno Theater in the city of Brno, the opera was completed between 1896 and 1902, and is recognised as being one of the first operas to be written in prose.

Jakub Hrůša will be waving the baton to keep time and Olivier Tambosi is undertaking directorial duties.

With a running time of three hours, the opera is split into three acts, containing two intermissions.

James O’Sullivan

© Robert Millard, Hamburgische Staatsoper