Discover the tragic story of Leoš Janáček's opera Kátia Kabanová, staged in a chamber version by André Engel at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris. Soprano Kelly Hodson performs the role of the eponymous heroine, accompanied by baritone Jérôme Billy in Koudriac's role, Elena Gabouri in Kabanicha's role, and Paul Gaugler as Kátia's lover, Boris.
After his ideal staging of The Cunning Little Vixen at the Opéra national de Paris, André Engel tackles once more Leoš Janáček's repertoire with his opera Kátia Kabanová, presented in a chamber version.
Kátia Kabanová is an opera in three acts sung in Czech, which libretto by Vincenc Červinka was inspired by Alexander Ostrovsky's play The Storm. The story takes place on the banks of the Volga. Kátia, a young, sensible and sincere woman, is married to Tichon Kabanov, whose mother profoundly despises her. She is in love with Boris and dreams of going away from the solitude of her home to experience liberty and true love. One night, when her husband is away, she secretly meets Boris, and the two lovers tell each other about their feelings. But Kátia, tormented by guilt, confesses everything when her husband comes back. Pressure and rejection by society constrain her to commit a tragic act to end her suffering.
This opera by Leoš Janáček was premiered in 1921. It contains all the natural elements that Janáček loves such as wind, water, storms... as well as a presentation of profound and true human feelings. This opera brilliantly combines Russian theater and romantic and post-romantic Czech music.
This opera is was produced by C.I.C.T. / Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, in coproduction with Le Vengeur Masqué, Fondation Royaumont, Le Printemps des Comédiens, Théâtre National de Marseille - La Criée
KPMG est le mécène de l’Unité scénique de la Fondation Royaumont.
Le spectacle Katia Kabanova a été récompensé par le Grand Prix du Syndicat de la Critique 2012.
Picture: © Richard Schroeder.
Dennis Russell Davies, André Engel – Elena Tsallagova (The Vixen), Paul Gay (Harašta)
Ludovic Morlot, Alvis Hermanis – La Monnaie