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LEOŠ JANÁČEK

LIBRETTO BY VINCENC ČERVINKA

1921

 

IN CZECH WITH

ENGLISH SURTITLES

2 Hours 15 minutes

Katya Kabanova is a searing drama in which a deeply spiritual young woman, brought up in a tight-knit rural family in 19th-century Russia, suddenly yields to her natural urges for love.

Tormented by her decision, she is forced to reckon with society’s repressive onslaught and her own guilt.

July 24, Aug 1 & 5

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“MAKE ME SWEAR AN OATH TO YOU,
TO SWEAR ON MY SACRED SOUL.”

Jonathan Khuner

Conductor / Music Director

Indre Viskontas

Production Director

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Carrie Hennessey

Katya

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Kristin Clayton

Kabanicha

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Christopher Oglesby

Boris

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Alex Boyer

Tichon

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Chad Somers

Kudrjaš

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Sarah Coit

Varvara

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Philip Skinner

Dikój

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Khuner was masterful in the pit, which was under the stage in this production. His pacing of the score was perfectly judged, his singers, including the small chorus -San Francisco Classical Voice

...a veritable who’s who of Bay Area operatic luminaries, stepped in to lend a veneer of elegance and urgency to the proceedings.

 

-San Francisco Chronicle

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Hennessey’s performance touched perfectly on Katya’s anxiety, joys and uncertainty, all through a surge of Puccinian lyricism. -San Francisco Chronicle

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