For our latest competition we've teamed up with English National Opera to offer you two pairs of tickets to the opening night of their forthcoming revival of David Alden's acclaimed production of Janacek's most popular work, Jenufa.
It's the first time the staging has been brought back to the Coliseum since it was first seen in 2006, when it won two Olivier awards for its high artistic standards. This powerful story of the realities of village life makes for a performance of rare emotional poignancy as love and forgiveness triumph in the most searing of circumstances.
Amanda Roocroft reprises her role as the tormented heroine, Jenufa, for which she won an Olivier the first time around. She is joined by Michaela Martens as Kostelnicka, following her recent triumph at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.
Making his UK operatic debut with ENO is the outstanding Norwegian conductor Eivind Gullberg Jensen, while other members of the cast include Robert Brubaker as Laca Klemen, Tom Randle as Števa Buryja, Susan Gorton as Grandmother, Iain Paterson as Foreman and Mairéad Buicke as Karolka.
A co-production with Houston Grand Opera and Washington National Opera, the revival opens on 12 March and runs until 21 March, for five performances only.
When it was originally shown, the Times, Guardian and Evening Standard all awarded it a full five stars out of five, with The Times commenting that 'Amanda Roocroft (Jenufa) gives the best performance of her career. Her singing is immaculate, lustrous, impassioned.'
With Roocroft returning to one of her most acclaimed roles, the revival promises to be a great occasion. We have two pairs of tickets to give away for the opening night on 12 March.
To have a chance of winning, simply enter the following simple question:
In which year was Jenufa first performed?
Send an email entitled JENUFA with your answer, name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org by 9 March 2009. Please indicate if you do not wish to join our mailing list.
For more information on ENO's production, see their website.
Editorial by Dominic McHugh
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