Kátya Kabanová in five links

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2017 season comes to a close with Leoš Janáček’s Kátya Kabanová, first performed in 1921.

This production is fresh from its premiere season in Seattle in February this year, with the creative team and cast set to gather in Auckland for rehearsals from mid-August ahead of seasons in Auckland and Wellington.

We're excited to stage Kátya Kabanová in New Zealand for the first time in decades. Here are five links to help you get up to speed on the story and production.


Find out who’s who in the story and listen to performance snippets


Director Patrick Nolan discusses his concept for the production


A podcast with Seattle Opera General Director Aidan Lang on Kátya Kabanová and his enthusiasm for Janáček’s works.


Reviews from the premiere season in Seattle:

"Packs a potent visceral punch both visually and emotionally. This production leaves no doubt why Leoš Janáček, who wrote both Kabanová’s music and libretto, is now considered one of the 20th century’s best composers of opera." - Queen Anne News

"...a lush, compelling three-act opera with an alluring backstory." - The Stranger

More review quotes


Russian-American soprano Dina Kuznetsova is heading to New Zealand for the first time to play the title role in Kátya Kabanová. Read about Dina's career and watch her sing Kátya in Santiago, Chile.

Find out more about Kátya Kabanová.