At last, the works of the great Moravian composer Leoš Janáček (1854-1928) are beginning to find their way into America’s opera houses. In Europe, the efforts of Australian conductor Sir Charles Mackerras (who has devoted his career to the faithful rendering and editing of Janáček’s often problematic scores) have, over the past three decades, brought considerable attention to  Janáček’s work. Especially in England, where Mackerras was long the music director of the National Opera, Janáček's Jenufa and Káta Kabanova have become staples of the repertoire. This winter will see Káta Kabanova in a rare New York production at the Metropolitan Opera, and under Mackerras’s direction. Lucky thing, too, for even with the availability of Mackerras’s excellent recordings with the...

 

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