All remaining live performances in the 2019–20 season at The Met have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. This is a recording from 25 December 2004, featuring Karita Mattila in the title role.
Metropolitan Opera Season
Sunday 24 May 2020 at 6pm on RNZ Concert
JANACEK: Káťa Kabanová
Karita Mattila (Káťa), Judith Forst (Marfa), Magdalena Kožená (Varvara), Jorma Silvasti (Boris), Chris Merritt (Tichon), Raymond Very (Váňa), Sebastian Catana (Kuligin), Vladimir Ognovenko (Savël), Metropolitan Opera Chorus & Orchestra conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek
Kát'a Kabanová is an opera in three acts, based on 'The Storm', a play by Alexander Ostrovsky.
The opera was also largely inspired by Janáček's love for Kamila Stösslová. This is often considered his first "mature" opera, despite the fact that he was 67 when it was premiered. Káťa Kabanová is a clear response to Janáček's feelings for Kamila, and the work is dedicated to her. The first performance was at the National Theatre Brno on 23 November 1921.