• Date: 16, 18 and 20 February, 8 p.m.
  • Duration: 150 min
  • Hall: Main Auditorium

The astonishing modernity of a rural drama

Finally, and for the first time, Jenůfa at the Maestranza. The theatre heads toward normalcy with another of its pending projects and takes on an essential title of the 20th century. A striking rural drama of crudity and realism that explores themes of infanticide, the tragic consequences which ensue as the outcome of a social severity that judges and morally condemns, jealousy, the alienation which fuels a supposedly “compassionate” murder, redemption and hopes of a better future. Jenůfa by Leoš Janáček sinks its disquieting essence in the imaginary and popular Czech music. And he does this, in the way Milan Kundera describes Janácek as a composer. That is: to say: in a deep reservoir of emotion and with music that is entirely charged by expression; and in an intense duel between the characters of the soprano -Jenůfa- and the mezzo soprano -Kostelnicka- portrayed by Agneta Eichenholz and Ángeles Blancas.

German Will Humburg, whom we remember in Seville in an excellent Lucia di Lammermoor in 2012, conducts the stage production by Canadian Robert Carsen, one of the most exciting contemporary regisseurs, whose vision of the piece is an intimate, private, sober Jenůfa but which, at the same time, is dazzling and visually beautiful.

A stripped down and intense opera with an overwhelming score, Jenůfa is a classic of contemporary modernity, and with its presentation at the Teatro de la Maestranza, we finally see it -after a long wait- on the stage.

Libretto by Leoš Janáček. Premiere at the National Theatre in Brno on 21 January 1904.

  • Musical director: Will Humburg
  • Stage Director: Robert Carsen
  • Set and costume designer: Patrick Kinmonth
  • Lighting design: Peter Van Praet
  • Production: Opera Ballet Vlaanderen (Amberes/ Antwerp)

Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla
Coro Teatro de la Maestranza

  • Grandma Buryja: Nadine Weissmann
  • Laca Klemeň: Peter Berger
  • Števa Buryja: Thomas Atkins
  • Kostelnička Buryja: Ángeles Blancas
  • Jenůfa: Agneta Eichenholz
  • Foreman: Isaac Galán
  • Mayor: Felipe Bou
  • Mayor' Wife: Marifé Nogales
  • Karolka: Marta Ubieta
  • Herdswoman: Zayra Ruiz
  • Barena: Patricia Calvache
  • Jano: Ruth González
  • Aunt: Alicia Naranjo
  • First voice: Paula Ramírez
  • Second voice: Andrés Merino

About Will Humburg

Born in Hamburg, he is Principal Guest Conductor of the Bonn Opera. Conducts in theatres across the world with a repertory that includes more than 120 opera titles and is a renowned interpreter of contemporary music.

About Robert Carsen

Born in Toronto, his operas have been seen in Milan, London, Paris, Vienna, Cologne, Venice, Shanghai, Madrid and Barcelona, among these: Die Tote Stadt, La fanciulla del west, Rigoletto and Dialogues de Carmélites.

Parallel activities

Parallel activities

En torno a... Jenůfa

Miércoles 15 de febrero, a las 19.00 horas.
Sala de Prensa (acceso por la recepción del Teatro)

Acceso libre y gratuito hasta completar aforo.

Organiza: Asociación Sevillana de Amigos de la Ópera (ASAO) en colaboración con el Teatro de la Maestranza


The press says

Plato fuerte de la temporada de ópera

Jenufa, una tragedia con celos, odios e infanticidio

Jenůfa de Janáček por primera vez en el Maestranza

El Teatro de la Maestranza de Sevilla programa por primera vez la ópera Jenůfa de Janáček con puesta en escena de Robert Carsen y dirección musical de Will Humburg