Tuesday 24. Sep. 2019, 7.30 pm - 9.15 pm | Großes Haus
A small town on the Volga becomes a prison for Katja Kabanova: here she lives in a world full of dependencies and unfulfilled longing. Her mother-in-law’s tyranny is unbearable, as is the fear of the consequences of leaving her husband. On the other hand, Boris, her secret love, is not free in his decisions. Denounced by the entire village as an adulteress, she drowns herself in the river in desperation.
In Katja, the Czech composer Leos Janácek added a second multi-faceted female figure to his operatic oeuvre, following his world hit Jenufa. Katja Kabanova was first performed in Brno in 1921. Her inner struggles are expressed in a musical idiom that veers between lyrical and darkly bitter – and Janácek certainly harboured strong personal feelings about her fate: since 1917 and until his death, the married composer was in love with Kamila Stösslová, almost forty years his junior; it was a love that lived only in about 700 letters between the two.
Director: Willy Decker
Set and Costume Designer: Wolfgang Gussmann
Collaboration Set Design: Stefan Heinrichs
In Czech with German surtitles
Venue: Großes Haus, Dammtorstraße 28, 20354 Hamburg
Prices: 5,00 EUR to 87,00 EUR