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What you thought of: Káťa Kabanová

Read a selection of press reviews and audience reactions for Káťa Kabanová.

The curtain has now gone up on our production of Káťa Kabanová.

Janáček’s intensely lyrical piece that blends bold national colours with universal drama.

Read on to find out what the audience and critics had to say about the production…

Audience reaction

What the critics are saying

‘superbly sung and exquisitely played by the LPO under Robin Ticciati’

– The Guardian

‘Kateřina Kněžíková brings a velvety soprano of fresh intensity to the title role, giving a performance that captures the character’s goodness and (despite everything) essential innocence. Nicky Spence sings incisively and with dramatic depth as her gormless husband Tichon, and David Butt Philip is vocally handsome as her lover Boris.’

– The Telegraph

‘An impressive cast round out this highly theatrical but powerful production’

– London Evening Standard

‘wonderfully tender and subtly nuanced’

– The Times

‘the flexibility and sheer drive that company music director Robin Ticciati and his players provide ensure that Janáček’s emotional empathy with his heroine receives full due.’

– The Stage

‘Nicky Spence perfectly pitches the paradox of brutality and weakness of her husband Tichon.’

– Bachtrack

‘With a look that imprints itself on the memory and exceptionally well-balanced voices, this Kát’a Kabanová joins a long and distinguished roster of productions to look out for again.’

– Culture Whisper

‘…a superb team of singers and urgent, detailed playing from the London Philharmonic Orchestra under brilliant Glyndebourne music director Robin Ticciati’

– The Arts Desk

‘Kateřina Kněžíková’s Katya was both vocally and histrionically a tour de force.’

– Mail on Sunday


Image credits: Káťa Kabanová, Festival 2021. Photos by Richard Hubert Smith.

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