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A beautiful, young woman, scarred for life

A beautiful, young woman, scarred for life.
A baby born in secret and murdered.
A family full of lies.

Jenufa is about a woman who forgives all out of love and creates meaning from her ruined life.Following the production of Janácek’s Katja Kabanova (’13), the Danish National Opera presents Janácek’s third opera, Jenufa, a masterpiece based on the play “Her stepdaughter” by Gabriela Preissová.Leoš Janácek is the Czech Puccini, one of the greatest opera composers. Janácek’s moving music is based on folk tunes from his home country and combines beauty with psychological power in some of the most intense, dramatic experiences in opera.


Jenufa is a co-production between Danish National Opera and Scottish Opera.

Conductor Jaroslav Kyzlink

Jaroslav Kyzlink conducted Katja Kabanova by Janácek at the Danish National Opera ’13 and Die tote Stadt (’10) that won a Reumert award. Much experience with Janácek, i.a. a degree from the Janácek Academy of Music in the Czech Repulic and conducted the operas Katja Kabanova, Jenufa and Šarka by Janácek. From 2012 musical director of the National Theatre in Prague. Future involvements are i.a. the new staging of Die tote Stadt in Tokyo (’14).

Stage director Annilese Miskimmon

General manager and artistic director at the Danish National Opera, Annilese Miskimmon, debuted as director at the Danish National Opera with Katja Kabanova ’13 together with stage designer Nicky Shaw. In August ’14, Miskimmon also directs Don Quichotte at the Danish National Opera with stage designer Nicky Shaw and lighting designer Mark Jonathan who are also in the team behind Jenufa. Most recently director of La Traviata at Scottish Opera and The turn of the Screw, Opera Holland Park (’14).


First performance in Brno, 21 January 1904

Music and libretto
Leos Janácek

Sung in Czech with Danish surtitles


Duration ca. 2 hours 30 minutes.

Act 1 - 45 min.
20 minute interval

Act 2 - 45 min.
Short interval, with the audience still seated

Act 3 - 35 min.

The team behind

Jaroslav Kyzlink

Stage director
Annilese Miskimmon

Stage and costume designer
Nicky Shaw  

Lighting designer
Mark Jonathan

Kally Lloyd-Jones


Assisting conductor
Ondrej Olos

Assisting stage director
Robert Bøgelund Vinther


Sinéad Mulhern:

Gitta-Maria Sjöberg:
Kostelnicka Buryjovká, Jenufa's stepmother

Peter Berger:
Laca Klemen, Jenufa's cousin and Steva's half-brother

Magnus Vigilius:
Steva Buryja, Jenufa's cousin and Laca's half-brother. Owner of the mill

Ulla Kudsk Jensen:
Starenka Buryjovká, Jenufa's, Steva's and Laca's grandmother

Lars Fosser:
Starek, the foreman at the mill

Jens Bové:
The Mayor 

Bolette Bruno Hansen:
The Mayor's wife 

Lina Valantiejute:
Karolka, their daughter

Nina Sveistrup Clausen:
Jano, a shepherd boy

Estrid Molt Ipsen:
Barena, a maid

Sine Algreen Møller:
A maid

Susanne Vinther:
Woman in the crowd

Chorus of the Danish National Opera

Aarhus Symphony Orchestra 

Performance dates

Concert Hall Aarhus

Friday 20 August 2015 7.30 pm

Saturday 22 August 3 pm

Monday 24 August 7.30 pm

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