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Leoš Janáček


Written over a period of some ten years and with the illness of the composer’s daughter Olga hanging over him, the three main elements of Janáček's inspiration at the time - the countryside, social justice and his beloved daughter - are brought together in his great opera Jenůfa, a work of outstanding creative unity, scored with music of high drama and rare beauty in which the composer poured out his love for his afflicted daughter through the central character of Jenůfa.

Much-loved by Longborough audiences, Lee Bisset returns to the Cotswolds to sing the title role. For Longborough’s third foray into Janáček's operatic repertoire, conductor Jonathan Lyness and director/designer Richard Studer, the creative team behind 2008’s The Cunning Little Vixen (“operatic imagery at its best... musically glorious” Opera Now) and 2012’s Katya Kabanova (“superb and idiomatic playing from the orchestra ... Lee Bisset’s wonderful portrayal of Katya” Opera), returns with Janáček's sublime masterpiece.