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Leos Janácek: Jenufa, opera / Hanna Schwarz, Ladislav Elgr, Will Hartmann, Jennifer Larmore, Michaela Kaune, Simon Pauly. Donald Runnicles. (live, 2014, Deutsche Oper Berlin) [DVD]

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Jenufa, still Leo Janácek’s most successful and most often performed opera, is a musical study of social milieu. Christof Loy moves the action of Janácek’s drama, revolving around the strict sacristan (the Kostelnicka) who drowns her stepdaughter Jenufa’s illegitimate child, to a bare white room in which passage of the seasons is only hinted. It is the sacristan’s stark prison cell – where he recounts past events, taking the spectator into the story as seen in retrospective. Michaela Kaune sings the title role of Jenufa with a warm soprano, her despair palpable in every moment, culminating finally in the discovery of her dead son. Jenufa’s stepmother is sung by American mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore, possessed of great vocal beauty and expressivity. Musical Director Donald Runnicles conducts the Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, exhibiting perfect balance between the churning intensity and textural refinement. “Jennifer Larmore as the Kostelnicka ... endows the role with singing of uncommon beauty and vulnerability while never slighting its more dramatic moments.” (The New York Times)

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Run Time: 131 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.0
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean



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>Leos Janácek (1854 - 1928) : Jenufa
  • Performers: Stephen Bronk; Ladislav Elgr; Will Hartmann; Alexandra Hutton; Michaela Kaune; Jennifer Larmore; Fionnuala McCarthy; Simon Pauly; Hanna Schwarz; Nadine Secunde; Martina Welschenbach
  • Conductor: Donald Runnicles
  • Ensemble: Deutsche Opera Berlin Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live