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.
Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes with no interval
Sung in English with English titles
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Rebecca de Pont Davies
Set & Costume Designer