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Jenufa at the Greek National Opera. Photograph: Dimitris Sakalakis

JENUFA by Leoš Janáček at the Greek National Opera

Where: Stavros Niarchos Center (SNFCC)
When: 2 Nov 2018
Why Go: See a profoundly moving opera

The Greek National Opera presents Jenufa by Czech composer Leoš Janáček at the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center in Athens this October and November.

Considered one of the most important lyric works of the 20th century, Janáček’s Jenůfa tells the grim story of an infanticide in the Moravian country during the 19th century, where a stepmother kills the newborn baby of her stepdaughter. It is a story of raw realism, served without sentimentality, in one of the first operas using unaltered literary prose.

JENUFA Athens Greek National Opera Janáček

The Stavros Niarchos Hall where Jenufa will play. Photograph: Courtesy of the SNFCC

Jenůfa will be directed by German director Nicola Raab, who is internationally acclaimed for the special sensitivity of her readings and her insistence on the dreamlike visualization of the works she directs.

Accompanied by the Greek National Opera orchestra and choir.


Conductor: Lukas Karytinos
Director: Nicola Raab

Sets-costumes: George Souglides
Lighting: David Debrinay
Movement: Fotis Nikolaou
Chorus master: Agathangelos Georgakatos


Grandmother Buryjovka: Ines Zikou | Laca Klemeň: Frank van Aken | Števa Buryja: Dimitris Paksoglou | Kostelnička Buryjovka: Julia Souglakou | Jenůfa: Maria Mitsopoulou | Foreman at the Mill: Yannis Yannisis | Mayor: Dimitris Kassioumis | The Mayor’s Wife: Margarita Syngeniotou | Karolka: Artemis Bogri | Pastuchyňa: Barunka Preisinger | Barena: Varvara Biza | Jano: Miranta Makrynioti


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