Leoš Janáček, Katia Kabanova
Turin, Teatro Regio, 15 February 2017
Janáček’s “Russian” opera in Robert Carsen’s imaginative production
This was the first performance in Turin of Janáček’s sublime tragedy of guilt, a musical milestone of the 20th-century music for the stage and one of his most passionate scores. Originally conceived by Robert Carsen for the Vlaamse Opera, this production of Káťa Kabanová now arrives at Teatro Regio, the second chapter of Carsen’s Janáček project including five of the best-known works of the great Moravian composer.
The plot, based on Alexander Ostrovsky’s The Storm, is set in a Russian village, on the banks of the Volga. As in Jenůfa…