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Performed for the first time in BLO’s history, Janáček’s sweeping Kátya Kabanová is a juxtaposition of extraordinary beauty and fateful oppression.
Music by Leoš Janáček | Libretto by Francesco Vincenc Cervinka
Sung in an English translation by Norman Tucker
The opera paints a tragic portrait of provincial life in the story of a woman suffocated by her cowardly husband and tyrannical mother-in-law. Finally she finds both liberation and tormenting guilt in the arms of another man. Janáček’s deeply moving and melodic score evokes freedom both longed for and feared. Elaine Alvarez, making her Boston Lyric Opera debut in the title role, has been praised by the Chicago Tribune for “conveying lyric pathos [that] seems to come as naturally as breathing.”
ELAINE ALVAREZ* as Kátya Kabanová
RAYMOND VERY* as Boris Grigoryevich
ELIZABETH BYRNE* as Kabachina
SANDRA PIQUES EDDY as Varvara
with James Demler, Alan Schneider,
Omar Najmi, David McFerrin, Chelsea Basler, and Rachel Hauge
Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus
*Boston Lyric Opera debut
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