Janacek - Jenufa (Blu-ray)
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Cat No: 109070
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 1st June 2015
Orchestra and Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin
Jenufa, still Janácek’s most successful and most often performed opera, is a musical study of the social milieu. Christof Loy moves the action of Janácek’s drama, revolving around the strict sacristan (the Kostelnicka) who drowns her stepdaughter Jenu°fa’s illegitimate child for fear of gossip and concern for her future, to a bare white room in which the passage of the seasons is only hinted. It is the sacristan’s stark prison cell – where he recounts past events and takes the spectator into the story seen in retrospective.
Michaela Kaune sings the title role of Jenufa with warm soprano, her despair at her situation palpable at every moment, culminating finally in the discovery of her dead son. Jenufa’s stepmother is sung by American mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore, who delights with her great vocal expressivity and beauty.
Musical Director Donald Runnicles conducts the Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, which perfectly balances the churning intensity and textural refinement.
- Jenufa: Michaela Kaune
- Kostelnicka Buryjovka: Jennifer Larmore
- Laca Klemenň: Will Hartmann
- Števa Buryja: Ladislav Elgr
- Grandmother Buryjovka: Hanna Schwarz
Stage Director: Christof Loy
Set Designer: Dirk Becker
Costume Designer: Judith Weihrauch
Live Recording from the Deutsche Oper Berlin, 2014
“Sometimes all that is needed is to match the right director with the right piece: Christof Loy and Janácek’s ‘Jenufa’ are evidently just such a happy case, giving the Deutsche Oper Berlin the rare example of an opera production as intelligent as it is modern.” - Opernglas
“Jennifer Larmore as the Kostelnicka ... endows the role with singing of uncommon beauty and vulnerability while never slighting its more dramatic moments.” - The New York Times
Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master Audio 5.0
Picture Format: 16:9
Original Language: Czech
Subtitles: GB, DE, FR, ES, IT, KOR, CN
Blu-ray Disc 50 GB (Dual Layer)
Resolution: 1080i High Definition
Running Time: 131 mins
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