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Jenufa


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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2011
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0055ISABI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,360 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Amanda Roocroft, Deborah Polaski, Miroslav Dvorsky, Nikolai Schukoff, Mette Ejsing, Karoly Szemeredy, Sandra Ferrandez, and Miguel Sola star in this Teatro Real production of the Janacek opera conducted by Ivor Bolton and directed by Stephane Braunschweig

Customer Reviews

Costumes are traditional and simple.
Stefan Westerhoff
Thereafter, like all of Janacek's operas, it suffered neglect for decades.
Giordano Bruno
I thought that the Barcelona production with Nina Stemme was wonderful.
Archie (Ottawa Canada)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Stefan Westerhoff on September 3, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
I got this blu-ray a few weeks ago from the UK, since I couldn't wait to watch it. Ever since I first saw it as a child, I love this opera, and while my favorite Janacek opera is typically the one I have seen most recently, Jenufa has always been special to me... This new recording from the Teatro Real Madrid is an excellent addition to the Janacek catalog. While the production isn't as intriguing as Robert Carsen's Katia Kabanova from the same theater, it more than gets the job done, and it gives three excellent singers a chance to shine: Amanda Roocroft as Jenufa, Deborah Polaski as Kostelnicka, and Miroslav Dvorsky as Laca. Of course, probably to no ones surprise, Polaski pretty much steals the show. She is not your usual burnt-out soprano using Kostelnicka to prolong a career that has seen better days. She is still at the top of her game, and her Kostelnicka is not a monster, but rather a complex woman who on the surface is stern and draconic, but also battered by life, making the wrong decisions under pressure. For once, it seems believable that Jenufa would (sort of) forgive her at the end. Roocroft is a fine Jenufa. Some people will probably complain that she is too old to play what is supposed to be a young girl, but I don't see this as a problem, and before the age of opera on dvd, nobody would have noticed anyway. Her scenes with Polaski in the second act are heart-breaking. With two singers like this in the main roles, one would almost expect that the male leads don't have much of a chance, but Dvorsky does well in the somewhat unthankful role of Laca. All three of them get enthusiastic cheers at the curtain calls, but Polaski receives the lion's share.Read more ›
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Archie (Ottawa Canada) on October 9, 2011
Format: DVD
Jenufa is an important opera in respects other than its music and libretto. Janacek was almost 62 when it received its Prague premiere in 1916. It was one of five operas written before this great success happened -- the other four are considered part of his maturation and not performed. But it was this success that inspired him in what has been termed his Indian Summer to write four more operas, a symphonietta, a mass, and a couple of string quartets; and it is on these, as well as Jenufa that his reputation was built, although it took considerable time to reach full flower.

I thought that the Barcelona production with Nina Stemme was wonderful. I had some reservations about the mise en scène -- the focus on boulders of different sizes in the three acts ("A stone will crush me." "My sins weigh on me like a stone.") was carrying things a bit too far and to some extent was distracting. But the singing/acting was done very well indeed -- even, to my surprise, by Eva Marton. Much as I admire his works, I thought that this would put the cap on my many DVD's of Janacek operas.

However, I very much admired Amanda Roocroft as Fiordiligi in John Eliot Gardner's Cosi Fan Tuti. When I saw that the production of Jenufa from Madrid had Roocroft playing Jenufa, my curiosity as to how she had matured as a singer/actor, was piqued and I had to have the DVD. I came out of curiosity about one singer; and finished amazed at how excellent the total production was.

Stefan Westerhoff in his review above was not all that happy with the mise en scène: "On the plus side, the minimalist production isn't very distracting either". I thought that it excellently supported the production, (but I do agree that the mill wheel was an unnecessary distraction).
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Giordano Bruno on February 23, 2011
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... or the first great opera of the 20th? Leos Janacek's "Jenufa" has a fair claim to both titles, the one indisputable quality being its greatness. It's Janacek's most passionate and dramatic opera, with an integration of vocal and orchestral music into a symphonic wholeness that exposes the Czech composer's theoretical indebtedness to Wagner. That, and its pious/perfunctory allusions to Christian salvation, are its 19th C attributes. The bold sexual explicitness of its libretto, written by the composer himself, and the even bolder chromaticisms and dissonances of its orchestration, are its claims to modernism. Janacek composed "Jenufa" in bits and pieces throughout the 1890s, but the work's originality was too strange for the opera company of Prague, which rejected it. It was premiered in Brno in 1904, and only later in Prague and Vienna, in a version trimmed and re-orchestrated by the music director Karel Kovaroivich. Thereafter, like all of Janacek's operas, it suffered neglect for decades. Proper recognition of Leos Janacek's stature has been tardy, but today five of his operas are staged regularly and triumphantly on every major operatic stage of Europe and North America: Jenufa, Katia Kabaonova (1921), The Cunning Little Vixen (1924), The Makropoulos Case (1926), and The House of the Dead (1927). Excellent performances of all five are available at last on DVD.

Jenufa is a tale of seduction, jealousy, abandonment, and infanticide, set in a quiet country village in Moravia. This production, by the Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona, maintains the folkloric ambience demanded by both the libretto and the music, in costuming and dramaturgy though the physical sets are minimal and symbolic.
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