And March arrived, at last it was my turn to experience JENUFA. The good reviews made me look even more impatiently towards this day, 2002-03-02. I had read some different synopsis of this opera, and that was what I knew. After a night on the bus, from Kaupanger to Oslo, and then fly to Vienna via Copenhagen. I had some difficulty in finding my hotel, Hotel am Schubertring, but luckily I had my Vienna map with me. It was spring in Vienna, and I was coming from winter in Norway. My feet got hot, but I had with me shoes for the opera night, so I switched shoes in Stadtpark. I had to wait a bit for my hotel room, but when I got my room, it looked  more expensive than I had thought. Luckily the price was right.

As always in Vienna, I visited Arcadia Opera Shop and EMI Austria in Kärtnerstrasse. Wonderful photos (Arcadia) of Agnes Baltsa at the Opernball 2002 and in JENUFA. I bought them naturally. Then I bought Manon Lescaut, Samson et Dalila and Traviata with José Cura (EMI Austria) just to be able to critize them in my Jose Cura homestead.

After some headache pills, a little Coca-cola, a bath, and a change. OPERA-TIME:

An enthusiastic audience applauded the conductor Seiji Osawa just more and more as the evening commenced. From first note it was beautiful music. Another role that Agnes Baltsa could fill in an eminent way. She was fantastic. WUNDERBAR. Angela Denoke who sang JENUFA had a beautiful and full soprano voice. (Her voice was like Sachertorte). She was very free in her movement, she was moving very well onstage. And she danced like was she a dancer, and not opera singer. KERL and SILVASTRI was great as Stewa and Laca. Anny Schlemm as the grandmother was also very good. A really good production. The singing was in German, probably the best solution since no Czech  singers was singing.

The stars of the evening was, without doubt, Seiji Osawa & Agnes Baltsa.

A strong cast, a wonderful chorus and orchestra. The scenography, the director and conductor , and naturally the costumes, all to make it a wonderful production.

Without Agnes Baltsa as Kostelnicka, no JENUFA!

2002-03-02 Jenufa (L. Jánácek), Wiener Staatsoper

Die alte Buryja = Anny Schlemm
Laca Kiemen = Jorma Silvasti
Stewa Buryja = Torsten Kerl
Die Küsterin Buryja = Agnes Baltsa
Jenufa = Angela Denoke
Altgesell = Wolfgang Bankl
Dorfrichter = Walter Pink
Seine Frau = Helene Ranada
Karolka = Renate Pitscheider
Schäferin = Stella Grigorian
Barena = Cornelia Salje
Jana = Ileana Tonca
Tante = Waltraud Winsauer

Seiji Ozawa, conductor

Inszenierung - David Pountney
Bühnenbild - Robert Israel
Kostüme - Marie-Jeanne Lecca
Licht - Mimi Jordan Sherin
Choreinstudierung - Ernst Dunshirn
Choreographie - Renato Zanella
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