Laura Wilde (Jenůfa) and the great ENO chorus
Since the 1950s the English National Opera (name changed from Sadler's Wells Opera in 1974) has been a ferocious advocate for the operas of Janáček, initially and most importantly thanks to the passion of Charles Mackerras and Norman Tucker. And we all hope that the new slimmed down ENO will continue to produce these wonderful pieces which have become core to the repertoire in opera houses around the world, in great part due undoubtedly to the work of Mackerras, not only in London of course!
The current production of Jenůfa, yet another superb piece of work from David Alden, runs to July 8 and is a "must see". In addition to two of our finest tenors, Peter Hoare as Laca and Nicky Spence as Števa, there are some most interesting artists new to ENO - most notably an exciting American soprano from the ranks of the Ryan programme at Chicago's Lyric Opera, Laura Wilde.
ENO's casting department have had good success in recruiting the best from the USA, and Michaela Martens is another fine import! And with Mark Wigglesworth in the pit, not I hope for the last time, there was a pretty shattering performance musically. A wonderful evening in the opera house......more Janáček please!