Patricia Racette plays Kátya, a woman who seeks freedom at any price in a society bent on controlling others

In Kátya Kabanová, Leoš Janáček remains faithful to his precise, concise style. It is one of his grimmest titles, yet few works portray more successfully a woman's determination to be free. The microcosm that centres on the destiny of Kátya (“Sometimes I dream I'm a bird”), who is cruelly mistreated by her mother-in-law Marfa ("Kabanicha"), itself reflects a macrocosm, that of the human condition, lucidly portrayed by Janáček in this his most pessimistic opera. David Alden offers us a striking spectacle. His artistic approach to this 20thcentury classic is based on a naturalistic exploration of the visual hallmarks of Soviet totalitarianism. The production delves deep into a dysfunctional, pathologically obsessed society, bent on exerting control over other human beings. American soprano Patricia Racette's versatility and varied repertory have made her one of today's great singers. She gives a benchmark interpretation of the title role in this masterly work.

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Kátya Kabanová

Opera in three acts. Libretto by Vincenc Cervinka. World premiere: 23/11/1921 at the National Theatre in Brno. First Barcelona performance: 01/02/1973 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Last Liceu performance: 27/03/2002. Number of Liceu performances: 9.

Artistic profile

Josep Pons
Stage director
David Alden
Associated Director
Donna Stirrup
Maxine Braham
Set design
Charles Edwards
Jon Morrell
Adam Silverman
Associated lightning
Martin Doone
Assistant director
Leo Castaldi
English National Opera (London)
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Chorus director
Conxita Garcia
Slava Chestiglazov
Musical director assistant
Jordi Francés
Musical assistants
Véronique Werklé, Ricardo Estrada, Jaume Tribó i Zuzana Čapková


Saviol Prokófievitx DíkoiAleksander Teliga
Borís GrigórievitxNikolai Schukoff
Marfa Ignàtievna KabànovaRosie Aldridge
Tíkhon Ivànitx KabànovFrancisco Vas
Katerina (Kàtia) KabànovaPatricia Racette
Vània KudriaixAntonio Lozano
VarvaraMichaela Selinger
KuliguinJosep-Ramon Olivé
GlaixaMireia Pintó
FekluixaMarisa Martins
A manSergi Bellver
A womanTànit Bono

Debut Liceu

November 2018

8Thursday20:00Turn BFee 5
11Sunday17:00Turn TFee 5
15Thursday20:00Turn HFee 5
18Sunday18:00Turn CFee 4
20Tuesday20:00Turn GFee 6
22Thursday20:00Turn DADFee 5

Approximate running time 1h 45m

Information of Interest


Briefing session

Audience briefing session in the Foyer 45 minutes before the opera begins.

Reasons why you shouldn't miss Kátya Kabanová

  • One of the most outstanding 20th-century operas.
  • A grim portrait of a sick society.
  • A concise, direct musical idiom.
  • Kátya Kabanová embodies a woman's liberation from a hostile setting.
  • A hard-hitting theatrical show.