Tenderness and Hatred
Janácek's 'Kát'a Kabanová' in Turin
impresses GIUSEPPE PENNISI
Finally, and fortunately, one of Leoš Janáček's last four masterpieces, Kát'a Kabanová, reached Turin for the first time, more than a century after its first performance in Prague. But the opera moves from the banks of the Volga River to those of the Po River in splendid conditions. It is part of a cycle conceived almost fifteen years ago at the Opera Vlaanderen of Antwerp and Ghent with the same team for dramaturgy and staging. Robert Carsen is the director, the stage sets and the costumes are by Patrik Kinmonth, lighting by Peter van Praet and choreography by Philippe Giraudeau. This method provides unity in the interpretation of Janáček's dramatic and musical world. Turin's Teatro Regio has programmed to stage the full cycle over six seasons. It started last year with The Cunning Little Vixen. This year it's the turn of Kát'a Kabanová [seen 15 February 2017 — the opening night]. The other operas will follow. Teatro Regio does not have exclusive rights to the Janáček-Carsen cycle. The Kát'a Kabanová production was seen and heard at La Scala some ten years ago. Jenůfa was shown last year in Palermo ('An Engrossing Premiere', 27 October 2016) and The Makropoulos Case in Venice in the Spring of 2013 ('A Real Thriller', 25 March 2013).