A unique staging of one of Janacek's greatest operas
The crowning achievement of Lehnhoff's series of Janacek stagings for Glyndebourne. Roberta Alexander's Jenufa is a sympathetic, full voiced heroine, if given to playing the early part of the story for pathos rather than more immediate drama.
It matters little because the performance and indeed production belongs to the arresting presence of Anja Silja's Kostelnica, her mother-in-law. Her granite profile and off-the-leash musical theatricality infuse the screen with all the emotional extremity in Janacek's invariably uncompromising score (a reading of fire and breadth from the LPO under Andrew Davis).
The production is the least stylised of Lehnhoff's series with the exception of an unusual and impressive watermill set to the first act. The minor roles are well-sung (no mean feat in this difficult repertoire) and the chorus are always busy and convincing. 6/10
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