Katya Kabanova

Leoš Janáček

2 Feb - 21 Mar 2019

Dates & venues

The wildly beautiful tale of a woman trapped in a loveless marriage

Katya is a gentle, passionate soul drowning in a narrow-minded small-town society. She is married to Tichon, a weak man entirely under the thumb of his overbearing mother. Katya catches the eye of the romantic Boris, and when her husband leaves on business, temptation proves impossible to resist. Katya and Boris embark on a passionate affair but when her husband returns, a storm breaks in Katya’s heart and mind. Overwhelmed by guilt, she confesses her sin.

Janáček took his inspiration for Katya Kabanova from his own unrequited love for a married woman resulting in one of opera’s authentic masterpieces, charting his heroine’s tragedy in sublime music that crackles with tension and eroticism. Tim Albery’s atmospheric, highly-charged production is led by one of the country’s most distinguished conductors, Sian Edwards, making her Opera North debut.


From £15 to £75*
  • Leeds Grand Theatre
  • The Lowry, Salford Quays
  • Theatre Royal Newcastle
  • Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Leoš Janáček

Running time
Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes with no interval

Sung in English with English titles

Pre-show talks
Leeds: Sat 9, Thu 21 & Wed 27 Feb, (6.30pm–7.00pm) — free; please book in advance with Box Office or when booking your tickets.

*Prices vary by venue. Booking fees may apply.

What the critics said...

“Opera North’s new production is by any standards very fine.”

★★★★ — The Telegraph (2007)


“…its brilliance lies in Albery’s ability to contextualise the opera without losing sight of its emotional violence or psychological veracity.”

★★★★ — The Guardian (2007)


Stephanie Corley

Katya Kabanova

Harold Meers


Andrew Kennedy


Rebecca de Pont Davies


Katie Bray


Alexander Sprague


Stephen Richardson


Nicholas Butterfield


Creative Team

Sian Edwards


Tim Albery


Hildegard Bechtler

Set & Costume Designer

Peter Mumford

Lighting Designer

Katya Kabanova
Katya Kabanova

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