Jenůfa by Leoš Janáček, October, 2017


Music and Libretto by Leoš Janáček
Based on the play Její pastorkyňa by Gabriela Preissová

October 12, 14, 20, 2017, at 8 pm
Wednesday, October 18, at 7 pm
Sunday, October 22, at 2:30 pm

The Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St.

Sung in Czech, with English surtitles
Pre-performance talk 1 hour before curtain

Co-produced with Opéra de Montréal



The piece with which Janáček conquered the world.

Internationally known director Atom Egoyan returns to Victoria to direct Leoš Janáček's gripping masterpiece, Jenůfa. This monument of 20th century opera centres on the relationship between two formidable women – Jenůfa and her stepmother – and the consequences when Jenůfa has a child out of wedlock. Janáček's distinctive musical voice, mixing folk harmonies with the rhythms of spoken Czech, is radiant and haunting.


Cast and Creative Team

  • Conductor: Timothy Vernon
  • Director: Atom Egoyan
  • Production Designer: Debra Hanson
  • Lighting Designer: Michael Walton
  • Choreographer: Jacques Lemay
  • Chorus Master: Giuseppe PIetraroia

  • Jenůfa: Lara Ciekiewicz
  • Kostelnička: Emilia Boteva
  • Laca: Colin Judson
  • Števa: Adam Luther
  • Grandmother: Lynne McMurtry
  • Stárek: Peter McGillivray
  • The Mayor: Dion Mazerolle
  • The Mayor's Wife: Maria Soulis
  • The Mayor's daughter, Karolka: Andrea Hill
  • Shepherdess: Rebecca Hass

WIth the Victoria Symphony and the Pacific Opera Chorus




Season Brochure (PDF)

Performances take place at the Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton Street, Victoria.