Dublin Theatre Festival

Opera Theatre Company


Text by the composer after 'Scenes from Moravian Peasant Life' by Gabriela Preissova

Venue Samuel Beckett Theatre

English Translation by Otaker Kraus and Edward Downes
Cast includes Regina Hanley, Maree Rose Jones, Paul McCann, Fionnuala Gill, Paul Parfitt, Steve Austin, Colette McGahon
Piano Partick Zuk
Music Advisor David Parry
Directed by Lindsay Posner
Design by Julian McGowan
Choreographed by Joanna Parker

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Jenufa tells the story of a village girl, abandoned by her handsome lover, who hides her pregnancy and then her child. Her step-mother, the local church warden, cares for her through the long Winter confinement but her deep affection leads to tragedy in Spring when, out of concern for the girl, she drowns the baby soon after birth. It's a stern tale which celebrates love as much as it condemns intolerance. 

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