Jenufa
Jenufa

Leos Janacek, the Czech composer of Jenufa, spent part of his childhood in a convent, where the musician monk Pavel Krizkovsky introduced him to musical education. From these early years, he retained a strong musical formation as well as a love for Slavonic culture. Later, as he became a teacher, Leos Janacek's activities revolved around music a...

Leos Janacek, the Czech composer of Jenufa, spent part of his childhood in a convent, where the musician monk Pavel Krizkovsky introduced him to musical education. From these early years, he retained a strong musical formation as well as a love for Slavonic culture. Later, as he became a teacher, Leos Janacek's activities revolved around music and he left a lasting legacy to Slavonic culture. Composition became, in his last ten years, an essential part of his life.

Jenufa, based on the play Její Pastorkyna (“Her Stepdaughter”), narrates the story of an impossible love between two humble villagers, who have made the terrible mistake of conceiving a child before marriage. Written between 1901 and 1903, and reviewed in 1907, this opera echoes Janacek’s wish to denounce the religious hypocrisy, which he experienced himself.


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