Jenůfa - is a notable work for Janáček - after his first works, "The Beginning of a Romance" and "Šárka", he found in it his personal and distictive musical style. He based it on Gariela Preissová's realistic drama of 1890, which he adapted for the opera's libretto. The opera is, above all, the story of the drama between the two main female characters, Kostelnička and her sheperdess, Jenůfa. Kostelnička, in her despair, prefers to kill Jenůfa's illegitimate child rather than admit that she has brought up her stepdaughter badly. The opera was first performed in Brno in 1904, but did not became famous until it was produced in Prague's National Theatre by the then head of opera, Karel Kovařovic, in 1916.
The whole production, although with a number of guests, makes Pilsen's new Jenůfa quite exceptional. It means almost certain success both here and abroad.
(by Petr Dvořák, Plzeňský deník)
Libretto based on Gabriela Preissová
In a version by Karel Kovařovic
Choir and orchestra of the DJKT16th International Festival Theatre Pilsen Booklet (Printed Edition)