Scottish Opera: Jenufa

Thur 16 & Sat 18 April 2015 | Festival Theatre


Duration: 2hr 25min approx.

Age: No under 4's

Ticket prices

General from: £80.50 - £10*


We offer a range of discounts and concessions to enable everyone to enjoy an affordable visit to the Festival and King's Theatres.

A new co-production with Den Jyske Opera/Danish National Opera

Sung in Czech with English supertitles


Supported by The Scottish Opera Syndicate

The creative team behind 2012’s sell-out La traviata returns to bring Jenůfa to life, promising a beautifully observed production that makes full use of their extensive narrative gifts. All the more compelling for drawing its audience into a claustrophobic community that is so universally recognisable, Jenůfa has been keeping audiences on the edge of their seats for over 100 years.

Jenůfa, a young woman living in a remote rural village, is pregnant, though as yet unmarried. Her stern stepmother, worried for the family’s reputation and her own status as the Kostelnička, the leader of their village, hides Jenůfa away to bear her child. Months later, the river thaws and a gruesome secret is uncovered. Suspicion falls immediately on Jenůfa but the truth will out, and the higher you climb, the further you have to fall…

Famed for its distinctive musical voice, Jenůfa is one of the most powerful of all Janáček’s operas. Inspired by traditional folk melodies and with colourful orchestration and rhythmic bite, the score sweeps the story along with tension, drama and overwhelming emotion. Lee Bisset, lauded for her Kátya at Longborough Festival in 2012, is Jenůfa, alongside an international cast including former Royal Opera House principal Peter Wedd and celebrated British soprano Kathryn Harries. St Petersburg-trained Janáček specialist Stuart Stratford conducts.


Conductor Stuart Stratford

Director Annilese Miskimmon

Designer Nicky Shaw

Lighting Mark Jonathan

Choreographer Kally Lloyd-Jones


Jenůfa Lee Bisset

Kostelnička Buryjovka Kathryn Harries

Laca Klemeň Peter Wedd

Števa Buryja Sam Furness

Grandmother Buryjovka Anne-Marie Owens

Stárek William Allenby

Mayor Jonathan May

Mayor’s Wife Laura Margaret Smith

Karolka Sian Winstanley

Jano Louise Kemeny

* A booking fee of 75p is charged per ticket for online, phone and postal bookings.  Maximum charge of £3 for phone and postal bookings.  For bookings of 8 or more, call 0131 529 6005 where no booking fees apply. Ticket prices include a contribution to the Theatres Development Fund.  An 80p handling charge will be added if you ask us to post your tickets.


Concessions** £3 off

Groups* (8+) £6 off Stalls and Dress Circle seats 

Only available by calling Group Sales on 0131 529 6005 (Mon to Fri 11am-6pm) 

Schools / Youth Groups* (10+) Children £10. One adult goes free with every 10 children. Stalls & Upper Circle only

Only available by calling Group Sales on 0131 529 6005 (Mon to Fri 11am-6pm) 

Unemployed / Student Standby* £10 tickets on the day of the performance after midday. Subject to availability with valid student I.D.

Under 26 £10 tickets. 1 ticket per valid ID to be shown on collection

Day Seats £10 restricted view seats released on the day of each performance at 10am.  Only available in person at Festival Theatre box office.  Limit 2 per person.  Seats have restricted view of stage and supertitles.

*Excludes Fri & Sat performances

** Excludes Fri & Sat performances (except wheelchair users, people with disabilities and under 26s).