The Bucksbaum Family Lyric Opera Broadcasts continue on KUAT-FM this Saturday, May 22nd, at noon with a performance of Katya Kabanova by Leoš Janáček. The opera will be sung in Czech and will run approximately two hours and thirty minutes.
In this earthy drama of sexual and social repression in a provincial Russian town, soprano Karita Mattila reprises one of her greatest roles. She is Katya — married to an ineffectual man who's still under his mother's thumb, emotionally beaten down by a demonic mother-in-law, and destroyed by guilt when she grasps at happiness by taking a lover. Ecstasy and anguish...hope and despair...everything Katya feels is contained in the gorgeous music. A masterpiece from the composer they call the "Czech Puccini."
“Karita Mattila is incendiary…her Katya is a theatrical, personal, and all-embracing triumph...a tragic heroine of stunning moral force.” San Francisco Chronicle
As Katya's horrible mother-in-law, Judith Forst "is fearsome in demeanor.” Associated Press
Brandon Jovanovich: "Looking every inch the matinee idol, he sings with radiant fluency and clarion high notes.” Opera News
Katya: Karita Mattila
Kabanicha: Judith Forst
Boris: Brandon Jovanovich
Varvara: Liora Grodnikaite
Kudrjáŝ: Garrett Sorenson
Dikoj: Andrew Shore
Glaša: Kathryn Leemhuis
Kuligin: Paul La Rosa
Fekluša: Amber Wagner
Conductor: Markus Stenz