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Katia Kabanova

Friday

21.10.2022

20:00 — Grand Théâtre de Genève

OSR & GTG

Tuesday

01.11.2022

20:00 — Grand Théâtre de Genève

OSR & GTG

programme

Tomáš Netopil
conductor

Corinne Winters
soprano

Elena Zhidkova
mezzo-soprano

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

Tatjana Gürbaca
Stage Director

Henrik Ahr
Scenography

Barbara Drosihn
Costume Designer

Stefan Bolliger
Lighting Designer

Bettina Auer
Dramaturgy

Alan Woodbridge
Choir Director

Corinne Winters
Katia Kabanova

Aleš Briscein
Boris Grigorjevič

Elena Zhidkova
Marfa Ignatěvna (Kabanicha)

Stephan Rügamer
Tichon Ivanyč Kabanov

Tómas Tómasson
Savël Prokofjevič Dikój

Sam Furness
Váňa Kudrjaš

Ena Pongrac
Varvara

Grand Théâtre de Genève Chorus
Choir

Coproduction with Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf Duisburg


the music

Written in the white heat of Janáček's passion for Kamila Stösslová, Káťa Kabanová is based on the play The Storm by the 'Russian Shakespeare', Alexander Ostrovsky. Janáček was unhappily married and felt close to the heroine who longed to escape her dreary provincial home and loveless marriage. Káťa begins a disastrous adulterous relationship with Boris.

Her dreams of freedom and torrid nights on the Volga draw stunningly beautiful music from Janáček's pen, in stark contrast to the brutal world that forces Káťa to drown. After last season’s Jenůfa, this production brings together again soprano Corinne Winters in the title role and German director Tatjana Gürbaca.

They tell the story of a desperate search for ecstasy in a narrow, claustrophobic world. If Káťa's final decision is desperate, it is also an escape into nature. And it inspired one of Janáček's most powerful compositions.



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Jonathan Nott

conductor

Recorded on 30 November 2018 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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Arcanes symphoniques, pour grand orchestre

Jonathan Nott

conductor

Recorded on 09 December 2015 at Victoria Hall, Geneva