Jenůfa, directed by David Alden, English National Opera, 2006,
photo by Clive Barda
This weekend, the production by David Alden that will be brought to Washington in May (co-produced with Houston Grand Opera and English National Opera) won the 2007 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production (hat tip to All about Opera). Go to the Opera Critic for links to reviews of the London production last fall. Catherine Malfitano, who sang the role of the Kostelnička in London, will also sing in Washington, but our Jenůfa will be Patricia Racette, instead of Amanda Roocroft, who won an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, too. Tickets are on sale now for performances on May 5, 10, 13, 16, 19, 21, and 24, and all signs indicate that this may be the highlight of the Washington season. Tell your friends!
In related news, Houston Grand Opera, where this production premiered in 2004, will mount the composer's Cunning Little Vixen, unfortunately adapted in English for children but still one of my favorite operas.