Janácek, Leos - Katya Kabanova - Rizzi, Carlo (conductor)

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Janácek wrote that Katya Kabanova, his sixth opera, was ‘one of my most tender works’, and his score contrasts extreme beauty with fateful oppression to wonderful emotional and passionate effect. Katya was partly inspired by Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, but perhaps more significantly by the young Kamila Stösslová with whom Janácek had become infatuated. He seemed to model his portrait of Katya on Kamila and in fact dedicated the opera to her.

The tragic libretto portrays a woman driven to despair and suicide by her husband and monstrous mother-in-law. The result is a deeply moving, intensely lyrical work, as engaging in the beauty of the vocal and orchestral writing as in its story – which also revealed the tragedy of Slavic provincial life, of which Janácek was only too well aware: ‘There is much sadness and Slav tenderness and depth of feeling in it. May I find the right way to express it with equal intensity’, wrote Janácek on The Storm, the Ostrovsky play that was his source for Katya Kabanova.

Katya Kabanova is performed here with Cheryl Barker as Katya reprising her performance in the 2004 Welsh National Opera production. Jane Henschel sings the chief persecutor, Kabanicha, Robert Brubaker is Katya’s lover, Boris, while the Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera are conducted by Carlo Rizzi. Cheryl Barker is well known for her roles in Janácek operas and Robert Brubaker performs Boris on a regular basis. Carlo Rizzi is a conductor at The Metropolitan Opera, New York, The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Opéra national de Paris – Bastille, Zurich Opera and at Teatro alla Scala in his home town Milan. This is his debut on Chandos.

Reviews of Welsh National Opera’s 2004 performances of Katya Kabanova

Cheryl Barker’s Katya is a huge achievement, rapturously sung, pertinently acted…
(Venue Magazine)

Cheryl Barker played and sang Katya to perfection…
(Cornish Guardian)

Cheryl Barker, soprano
Jane Henschel, mezzo-soprano
Victoria Simmonds, mezzo-soprano
Kathleen Wilkinson, mezzo-soprano
Claire Hampton, soprano
Robert Brubaker, tenor
Peter Hoare, tenor
Peter Wedd, tenor
Owen Webb, baritone
Gwynne Howell, bass
Sian Meinir, mezzo-soprano
Philip Lloyd-Holtam, tenor
Chorus of Welsh National Opera; Orchestra of Welsh National Opera/Carlo Rizzi
Leoš Janácek
Katya Kabanova
Artikelnummer CHAN3145
Streckkod 0095115314524
Utgivningsdatum 2007-10-08
Kategori Opera
Skivbolag Chandos
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 2
Artister Rizzi, Carlo (conductor)
Dirigenter Rizzi, Carlo
Kompositörer Janácek, Leos
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