Leoš Janáček

Kát’a Kabanová

When desire overwhelms duty, Kát’a must choose between love and life itself. Image © Tom Hammick

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Public booking opens in March 2021

Please note that performance dates for Festival 2021 are still to be confirmed

About the opera

‘Why can’t we fly away? Just spread our wings and fly away…’

Trapped in a small town and an unhappy marriage, bullied by her domineering mother-in-law, Kát’a Kabanová finds herself drawn into a passionate affair. But soon pleasure is overwhelmed by guilt and, crushed under its weight, she is driven to the brink.

‘I’ve started writing an opera. The main character is a woman, so gentle by nature, a breeze would carry her away, let alone the storm that breaks over her…’ As Anna Karenina or Emma Bovary are to literature, so Kát’a Kabanová is to opera. The heroine of Janáček’s tragedy is a devastating portrait of passion destroyed and innocence tainted by a hypocritical society – music-theatre at its most violent, exquisite and immediate.

The Czech folk melodies that decorate the surface of the composer’s earlier works are woven into the fabric of an intensely lyrical piece that blends bold national colours with brutal, universal drama. Damiano Michieletto directs a new production, conducted by Robin Ticciati.

Festival artwork


We have worked with artist Tom Hammick to create a series of images to illustrate the six operas that make up Festival 2021.

You can find out more about Tom’s work at hammickeditions.com and he will be exhibiting works inspired by our repertoire at Glyndebourne throughout Festival 2021. A selection of original works and prints will be available from Glyndebourne Shop.

This work is entitled Nightfall.

Creative team

Robin Ticciati

Damiano Michieletto

Set Designer
Paolo Fantin

Costume Designer
Carla Teti

Lighting Designer
Alessandro Carletti

London Philharmonic Orchestra

The Glyndebourne Chorus

Cast includes

Kát’a Kabanová
Kateřina Knĕžíková

Aigul Akhmetshina

Katarina Dalayman

Nicky Spence

Alexander Vassiliev

David Butt Philip

Vána Kudrjaš
Thomas Atkins

Supported by
The Charles Holloway Charitable Trust and a Syndicate of Individuals

Set the spotlight back on our world-class productions

Kát’a Kabanová is available to support as a Production Syndicate or Circle.

Find out more here or contact our Director of Development, Helen McCarthy at helen.mccarthy@glyndebourne.com

 The edition of Kát’a Kabanová used in these performances is published by Universal Edition

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