24 May 2020

JANACEK: Káťa Kabanová

From Opera on Sunday, 6:00 pm on 24 May 2020

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.

A scene from Káťa Kabanová at The Met

A scene from Káťa Kabanová at The Met Photo: Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

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

Synopsis of Káťa Kabanová

Kát'a Kabanová is an opera in three acts, based on 'The Storm', a play by Alexander Ostrovsky.

More about Leoš Janáček (1854-1928)

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.

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