Kát’a Kabanová

Leoš Janáček

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15, 19*, 21, 26, 28* July 2017 at 8.00pm

*Concession dates (£3 off, yellow price zone only).

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Revival of 2009 production by Opera Holland Park, opera in three acts

Sung in Czech with English surtitles

Libretto by Vincenc Červinka

Directed by Olivia Fuchs

With City of London Sinfonia and the Opera Holland Park Chorus

Ticket Prices
Blue £70
Red £65
Green £59
Yellow £49

Approximate running time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Janáček’s extraordinary masterpiece, Kat’á Kabanová, makes a welcome return to Opera Holland Park this season in Olivia Fuchs’ highly regarded 2009 production.

Intensely passionate and sensual, this opera is deemed by many as the composer’s most immediate stage work. You can’t help but sympathise deeply with Kat’a as she journeys through internal conflicts of love, adultery, innocence, guilt… feelings heightened by the claustrophobia of a repressed society. Gradually descending into madness, Kat’a’s story ends as she commits suicide in a moment of heart-breaking pathos – the composer’s Madama Butterfly.

Janáček’s distinctive score brings the drama to life effortlessly, replete with traditional Czech folk styles and lyricism. Fuchs’s production was hailed at the time as ‘not simply the highlight of Holland Park’s season, [but] the highlight of the summer’ (Anna Picard, Independent).

Cast and Creatives

Conductor Sian Edwards
Director Olivia Fuchs
Designer Yannis Thavoris
Lighting Designer Colin Grenfell
Movement Director Clare Whistler
Kát’a  Julia Sporsén
Boris Peter Hoare
Kabanicha Anne Mason
Tichon Nicky Spence
Varvara Clare Presland
Kudrjaš Paul Curievici
Dikój Mikhail Svetlov
Glaša Laura Woods
Fekluša Polly Leech
Kuligin Ross Ramgobin
Žena Ayaka Tanimoto
Boatman Michael Bradley


What people thought in 2009: 

“Few stagings have so unflinchingly probed Kat’a moral and emotional complexities as Olivia Fuchs’ production for Opera Holland Park: this is the company’s greatest achievement, and arguably Fuch’s as well.” – Tim Ashley, The Guardian

“Olivia Fuchs’ production acts like a lightning rod to the opera’s frustrated emotions.. Altogether‚ this was one of Opera Holland Park’s finest achievements.” – Financial Times

“Fuchs and her resourceful designer gave us a Katya pared down to its scenic essentials‚ both handsome to look at and symbolic of a fragmented world which eventually destroys the life of its protagonist…Fuchs is a really sharp director of people‚ drawing brilliantly etched character portraits from all her cast…Any British company would have been proud of this Katya.” – Opera 

“But for the closest synthesis of intelligent direction‚ imaginative design‚ uninhibited performance‚ and a devastating realisation of the score‚ Olivia Fuchs’ Opera Holland Park staging of Kat’á Kabanová was the triumph of 2009.” – Independent on Sunday 

Excerpts and arias from Káťa Kabanová:
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