Why See Jenufa?
Love makes a life and destroys a family
The ENO presents an updated version of Leos Janacek's 1904 seminal opera, moving the action forward to the 20th-century Soviet Eastern Bloc. Familial honour is at stake, as a well-meaning woman takes terrible action to ensure her step-daughter's future. The composer wrote the opera as a tribute to his dead daughter. American soprano Laura Wilde takes on the role of Jenufa in this new debut.
What is the story?
Jenufa is a pregnant, unmarried woman at the center of a love triangle, who is desperately in love with a vain and brash drunkard. Meanwhile, an industrial worker who has fallen in love with her discovers her secret and slashes her face in a jealous rage. When the baby is born, the brash father does not want to know, seeing that Jenufa is no longer beautiful, but she doesn't care; her love for the baby outweighs everything else. Her concerned stepmother is desperate to marry her off for security, and realising that the baby is an obstacle to this, takes it away during the night.
Jenufa is due to be married to the man who disfigured her, until the discovery of the baby's body is revealed. With everybody accusing her of murder, will the stepmother come forward to confess her crime and motives?
Opening night: 13 March 2024
Suitable for ages 12+ due to mature themes
Two hours 35 minutes with interval
You may be required to wear a mask during this performance. Please contact the venue directly for more information.
Cast and Creative
Laura Wilde as Jenufa
Michaela Martens as the Kostelnicka (Stepmother)
Directed by David Alden
Conducted by Mark Wigglesworth
What you thought
Seen Jenufa? Loved it? Hated it?
Help your fellow London Theatreland visitors by leaving the first review!Write a review now
Spread the word
Sound good to you? Share this page on social media and let your friends know about Jenufa at London Coliseum.
Keep up to date
I want email news and updates for events in my area! Read how we protect your data.
Please note: The term London Coliseum and/or Jenufa as well as all associated graphics, logos, and/or other trademarks, tradenames or copyrights are the property of the London Coliseum and/or Jenufa and are used herein for factual descriptive purposes only. We are in no way associated with or authorized by the London Coliseum and/or Jenufa and neither that entity nor any of its affiliates have licensed or endorsed us to sell tickets, goods and or services in conjunction with their events.