Saturday, February 17, 2007


As the title character in Leos Janacek's stark and somber opera Jenufa, Karita Matilla skillfully scales Janacek's angular melodies and seems to emote as if from the depths of her soul. She's ideal in the role, and her portrayal would be enough to make this run at the Met an event. With the legendary Anja Silja, dramatically intense and also ideal as Jenufa's stepmother, it's an emotionally wrenching, passionately sung don't-miss.

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