Jenufa ties with The Cunning Little Vixen as Janacek's best opera(I really cannot decide which is my favourite of the two). I do prefer the Roberta Alexander/Anja Silja performance, but this is a worthy production from Liceu. The settings and costumes are minimal and rather drab and over-sized. The embittered widow, Kostelnicka, drowns her infant grandson to save her beloved stepdaughter Jenufa from the shame and hardship of raising an illegitimate child. Jenufa was premiered in Janacek's home city of Brno in 1903, but took over a decade to reach the opera house in Prague; after a long struggle, the premiere in the Czech capital was a rousing success, and led to international performances and deserved acclaim for the work and its composer. Jenufa believes her stepmother acted out of love and forgives her before committing, full of confidence, to building a new life with Laca. Act 1 In a tiny village in Moravia, where social and family relations govern behaviour, the churchwarden’s widow, and Jenufa’s stepmother, Kostelnicka, is the local moral authority.
Jenufa The Opera Lyrics
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