Concert
Berlin-based Orchestras

Berliner Philharmoniker – Sir Simon Rattle

Introduction with Karl Dietrich Gräwe
at 18:00, Hermann-Wolff-Saal

The performance of the concert version of Leoš Janáček‘s magnificent Opera “Jenufa” by the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle together with a brilliant singing ensemble will represent the highlight within the Slavic focus of Musikfest Berlin. The opera “of Moravian peasant life” was composed in 1904 and based on a socio-critical drama highly topical and frequently played at the time. Janácek’s impassioned music transforms the personal story of a sextoness who kills the illegitimate child of her foster daughter Jenufa into a timeless and deeply moving tragedy.

Concert Programme

Leoš Janáček
Jenůfa (Její Pastorkyňa, Her Stepdaughter)
Opera in three acts
Based on a drama from the Moravian farming life by Gabriela Preissová
Brno version (1908) edited by Sir Charles Mackerras and John Tyrrell

Concert performance in Czech
German surtitles: Lothar Nickel
Interval after act one

Cast

Anna Barová Starenka Buryjovka
Stefan Margita Laca Klemen
Kurt Streit Števa Buryja
Deborah Polaski Kostelnicka Buryjovka
Karita Mattila Jenufa
Detlef Roth Stárek / Rychtár
Katja Pieweck Rychtárka
Martina Janková Karolka / Barena
Mojca Erdmann Jano
Monika Degenhardt Pastuchyna / Tetka
Isabelle Vosskühler* 1st Hlas
Jörg Schneider* 2nd Hlas

* Mitglieder des Rundfunkchors Berlin

Vesnicky lid, Rekruti, Chasa, Devcata recruits, servants, girls, villagers, musicians

Rundfunkchor Berlin
Simon Halsey choir director

Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle conductor