Less than three years since Jenůfa, Theater Aachen in Aachen, Germany, presented another of Leoš Janáček’s operas – Katya Kabanova. The premiere took place on November 12, led by the theatre’s current music director Justus Thorau.
The production was created by the Czech-born director Tibor Torell who presents the story as chain of visions of the heroine, who thus never leaves the stage during the performance. Her role is sung by Irina Popova, permanent member of Aachen ensemble; the cast also includes Katja Starke (Kabanicha), Pawel Lawreszuk (Dikoj), Alexey Kosarev (Boris), Johan Weigel (Tichon) and others. Sung in Czech, the opera will receive nine more performances in the 2017/18 season.
12 November 2017, Theater Aachen, Aachen, Germany
Leoš Janáček: Katya Kabanova (premiere)
Directed by: Tibor Torell, music director: Justus Thorau
following performances: Nov 19 and 26, Dec 2, 14 and 29 2017, Jan 10 and 13, Feb 15 and 23 2018