Czech composer Janáček belonged to a wave of twentieth-century composers whose works sought greater realism and connection with everyday life, combined with a more all-encompassing use of musical resources. Janáček’s breakthrough to fame and recognition came quite late, and his masterpiece Katya Kabanova only premiered when the composer was almost 70 years of age. He was inspired by Moravian and other Slavic folk music and speech patterns to create an original, modern musical style, one which he described as “a window into people’s souls” and “a unique imprint of the inner life of an individual”. Folklore found its way into his music not only by means of folk song, but rather through his assimilation of rhythm, pitch contour and inflections of normal Czech speech. (Staatstheater Wiesbaden)
Matthew Wild’s production of Katya Kabanova by Leoš Janáček currently runs at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden.
Leoš Janáček: Katya Kabanova
opera in 3 acts | 105'
16.01.2016: Hessisches Staatstheater, Wiesbaden; Dikoj, Wolf Matthias Friedrich; Boris, Mirko Roschkowski; Kabanicha, Dalia Schaechter; Tichon, Aaron Cawley; Katja, Sabina Cvilak; Kudrjasch, Benedikt Nawrath; Barbara, Silvia Hauer; Kuligin, Christian Balzer; choir of the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden; Hessisches Staatsorchester Wiesbaden, cond. Zsolt Hamar
further performances: 21., 24., 27., 30.1.2016; 4., 7., 20.2.2016