San Francisco Opera To Broadcast ‘Jenufa’ With Karita Mattila

By Francisco Salazar

The ongoing partnership between the Bay Area’s Classical KDFC and San Francisco Opera will continue on April 1 with a broadcast of Leoš Janáček’s “Jenůfa.”

The performance, which was recorded live at the War Memorial Opera House in June 2016, features Finnish soprano Karita Mattila as Kostelnička, Swedish soprano Malin Byström in the title role, American tenor William Burden as Laca Klemeň, American tenor Scott Quinn as Števa Buryja and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra led by renowned Janáček interpreter Jiří Bělohlávek in one of his final performances before his passing.

Presented in Olivier Tambosi’s production, the opera received praise particularly for Mattila, who was noted as a “dramatic power and vocal authority.” The cast included Malin Bystrom in her Company and role debuts as Jenůfa and tenors William Burden and Scott Quinn in role debuts as Laca and Števa, respectively.

The San Francisco Opera is preparing for its season finale in June when it will present Wagner’s Ring Cycle with Evelyn Herlitzius in her San Francisco Opera debut.