Constance loves the Opera, and as usual rode in my pocket to the Royal Theatre for the first opera of the Pacific Opera Victoria’s season – Leoš Janáček’s Jenůfa.
The story is sad and complicated, with people trapped by mistakes, expectations and traditions…the music is emotional and beautiful. The talented cast and orchestra swept us along through joy, heartbreak, desperation, deception, and at the very end, understanding and forgiveness.
We loved the production, directed by Atom Egoyan. The colours were warm and clear, the movement on stage natural and believable – and there was a vivid splotch of red which kept reappearing throughout the whole performance – a woman knitting in the beginning, the baby’s bonnet in the middle, and Jenůfa’s wedding dress at the end. The performers wore modern clothing, with glimpses of traditional dress – the young ones on stage had cell-phones that were annoying, as they were no doubt meant to be! It is so nice to see a production with a light touch, and a coherence and confidence that shone continually.
We are so glad to have the chance to go to live performances of opera in our own home town! Thank you Pacific Opera Victoria! Please check the POV website here for details about the performance, scenes from the opera and interviews with the director.
To view Constance’s other opera experiences go to this link.