Loved by two half-brothers, Jenufa is secretly pregnant by one of them. Concerned for the family’s reputation, her step-mother commits an unspeakable act in the hope that Jenufa does not remain alone. But when a baby’s body is found on the wedding day, the devastating truth is revealed to all.
Directed by David Alden, ENO’s Olivier-Award winning staging updates the setting to an isolated 20th century industrial estate in the Eastern Bloc, giving the story a contemporary edge that makes it feel even more relevant for today’s audiences.
Janacek’s powerfully rich score is conducted by ENO’s Music Director Mark Wigglesworth. American soprano Laura Wilde makes her role debut as Jenufa, with Michaela Martens as her stepmother the Kostelnička.
'A show everyone should see'