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Jenufa - Tickets on Sale

London Coliseum

Available to 27 March 2024

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See Jenufa performed by the English National Opera at the London Coliseum

Love makes a life – and destroys a family.

A tale of honour, love and sacrifice, Leoš Janáček’s opera Jenufa explores the stigma of pregnancy out of wedlock against the backdrop of a small community.

Loved by two half-brothers, Jenufa is secretly pregnant by one of them. Abandoned by the child’s father, she gives birth alone, only assisted by her stepmother. Unaware of the child, the second brother pledges to marry Jenufa, but, as their wedding looms, tragedy strikes.

Concerned for the family’s reputation, her stepmother commits an unspeakable act in the hope that dishonour is averted and Jenufa does not remain alone. But when a baby’s body is found in the river on the wedding day, the devastating truth is revealed to all.

Directed by David Alden, the ENO’s Olivier Award-winning staging updates Jenufa’s setting to an isolated 20th century industrial estate in the Eastern Bloc, giving the story a contemporary edge that makes it feel even more relevant for today’s audiences.

Janáček’s powerfully rich score is conducted by Keri-Lynn Wilson. Soprano Jennifer Davis (Jenufa) makes her role debut and Richard Trey Smagur (Laca) makes his ENO debut, alongside Susan Bullock (Kostelnička) and ENO Harewood Artist, John Findon(Steva).

Book your tickets now to watch the ENO perform this moving opera at the London Coliseum in 2024.

St Martin's Lane,
London WC2N 4ES
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Jenufa is rated for ages 12+

The running time of a performance of Jenufa by the ENO is roughly 2hrs 30 mins with one interval. 

The ENO’s production of Jenufa is performed in English, with the words additionally displayed above the stage. The opera was originally composed to a Czech Libretto by Leoš Janáček and is still commonly sang in the original language. 

Jenufa is often classed as a dramatic or tragic opera, renowned for its intense themes, impressive character portrayal and distinctive music. The opera explores themes of love, betrayal and societal expectations, resulting in a piece of opera with great depth. 

The Jenufa cast includes:

  • Jennifer Davis as Jenufa
  • Susan Bullock as Kostelnicka
  • Richard Trey Smagur as Laca
  • John Findon as Steva 
  • Fiona Kimm as Grandmother
  • Gwenneth Ann Rand as Mayor's Wife
  • Segomotso Masego Shupinyaneng as Karolka
  • Isabelle Peters as Barena

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