Káťa Kabanová

Premiere on 17. March 2025

Composer Leos Janácek. Libretto von Leoš Janáček nach dem Schauspiel Gewitter (Grosa, 1859) von Alexander N. Ostrowski in der tschechischen Übersetzung von Vincenc Červinka.

recommended from 16 years

Opera in three acts (1921)

In Czech language. With German and English surtitles. New Production.

The premiere will be broadcasted live on BR-Klassik radio. 

>>> to the introductory matinee 


In Leoš Janáček’s opera, Kát’a Kabanová, the eponymous heroine is ensnared at the heart of an ominous mesh of relations. Her domineering mother-in-law, Kabanicha, oppresses and controls her son Tichon, whose marriage to Kát’a suffers massively from heteronomy. Because Kát’a finds no fulfilment in this family, she flees and fulfils her unsatisfied erotic desires in an affair with Boris. As composer and librettist, Janáček bundles the plot of the literary template, Alexander N. Ostrovsky’s drama, The Storm. The libretto largely dispenses with the portrayal of the external social circumstances, from whence Kát’a’s essence and choices are decisively determined. Instead, Janáček traces the development of the title character in a psychological-sensitive musical language. Kát’a’s feelings of guilt increase continuously until they discharge into a public confession as an emotional storm. The turbulent and in places fanciful music opens the space for passages of lyrical grace and allows us to experience the essence of the characters. In Kát’a, director Krzysztof Warlikowski sees an outsider, who is denied a life in harmony with her desires, and at the end prefers death over lies. The destructive power of religion behind it all is not only found in a small Russian town on the banks of the Volga in the 1860s, where the libretto places the plot, but rather can also be seen everywhere all over the world.


  • Bayerisches Staatsorchester
  • Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper