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London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle

Janáček's Jenůfa - NB: Change of soloist

Sir Simon Rattle conducting

Janáček’s searing, magnificent opera explores a woman’s limited options in a suffocating small town.

Jenůfa is pregnant, but she isn’t married. In her mountain village, this means disgrace, or even death. Her stepmother, Kostelnička, wants to help her, but what should she do?

Janáček pondered his characters’ predicament for many years. The opera he eventually completed is a blazing vision of human suffering and redemption, rooted in the rhythms of everyday life. 

Conductor Emeritus Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO have presented two of Janáček’s operas to critical acclaim, and this is the next instalment. Jenůfa brings together a remarkable cast, including Agneta Eichenholz’s heartbreaking portrayal of a vulnerable young woman and Katarina Karnéus’ achingly powerful Kostelnička. 

‘I could do it; only I could save her’ – Kostelnička, in Jenůfa

Concert performance. Sung in Czech with English surtitles.

The concert will finish at approximately 9.40pm, including a 20-minute interval (timings are subject to change)

Change of soloist
Due to personal reasons, Asmik Grigorian has been forced to withdraw from the LSO’s performances of Janáček’s Jenůfa on 11 and 14 January 2024. The role of Jenůfa will now be sung by Agneta Eichenholz. Existing ticket holders are in the process of being be notified.

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