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Jenufa Live Now

Dsc03275_1The Met's final performance of Jenufa is being broadcast right now. You can listen to it locally at 96.3FM, or online. I saw it last Tuesday, and I can only describe the experience as shattering. Karita Mattila is brilliant as the title character, but it is 66 year old Anja Silja who steals the show as her stepmother, the Kostelnicka. Silja's performance is absolutely terrifying; listen for her at the end of the second act.


(The composer's monument in Brno, Czech Republic, where he lived and composed all his operas, including Jenufa.)