Robert Carsen’s producton of Janáček’s Kat’a Kabanová is typically simple and elegant. Recorded at the teatro Real in Madrid it features a flooded stage with a large number of wooden pieces, like palettes, that are rearranged to form the set. At the beginning of Act 1 the pieces form a pathway through the water simulating the banks of the Volga. Later they are rearranged int a square at centre stage to represent the claustrophobic Kabanov house. All this rearrangement is done by the ladies of the chorus who roll around in the water in white shifts. No breaks are needed between scenes, just the intermezzi the composer provided for the purpose. A mirror at the back of the stage reflecting the water and an elegant and effective lighting plot complete the staging.
The COC announced a bunch of line up changes for the upcoming winter and spring runs this morning.
- Johannes Debus replaces Jiří Bělohlávek, who has health issues, as conductor for Tristan und Isolde.
- Daniel Cohen will conduct La clemenza di Tito instaead of Debus.
- Michael Baba replaces Burkhard Fritz as the ‘B’ cast Tristan.
- Hanna Schwarz replaces Julia Juon as Herodias in Salome.
No reasons were given for the withdrawals of Fritz and Juon.