November 12. 2023 - November 26. 2023

Upcoming Dates

November 12. 2023 - November 26. 2023

New-to-Chicago production Jenůfa

Leoš Janáček

Janáček’s Jenůfa is a dark and stunning masterpiece, both musically and dramatically. In this profoundly moving story, the Kostelnička secretly drowns her foster-daughter Jenůfa’s illegitimate child, hoping to save Jenůfa — and herself — from shame and humiliation. When the murder is discovered, the Kostelnička accepts the consequences, but Jenůfa ends the opera with hope for the future. Performing Janáček’s magnificent score at Lyric Opera of Chicago will be an enthralling cast led by two of the finest dramatic sopranos of our time: opera’s newest superstar, Lise Davidsen, and the legendary Nina Stemme, Lyric’s sensational Elektra in 2019. Czech maestro Jakub Hrůša will bring unique authenticity to this unforgettable music, leading Claus Guth’s mesmerizing production.

  • Language: Sung in Czech with projected English titles
  • Running Time: 3 hours and 5 minutes, including 2 intermissions
  • Location: Lyric Opera House

Lyric's presentation of Janáček’s Jenůfa is generously made possible by Presenting Sponsors Julie & Roger Baskes with additional support from Production Sponsors David W. Carpenter and Orit K. Carpenter, in loving memory of David W. Carpenter, Richard O. Ryan, and Patricia A. Kenney & Gregory J. O’Leary.




Pre-opera talk

Speaker: Matthew Ozawa

Join us in the Ardis Krainik Theatre one hour before your opera performance begins for a free, 30-minute preview talk discussing that day’s production.

Seating is unreserved, but a ticket for that day’s performance is required. Talks begin one hour before each performance and doors open approximately 15 minutes before the start of the talks.

Pre-opera talks are supported by Raynette and Ned Boshell.

A recorded version of the Pre-opera talk is available below. 

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The music featured is generously furnished by Warner Classics.

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Celebrating the life and work of Leoš Janáček

Celebrating the life and work of Leoš Janáček

Audiences are invited to explore a special new exhibit in the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Grand Foyer, celebrating the life and work of Jenůfa composer, Leoš Janáček, the most frequently played Czech opera composer in the world today.

This exhibition features the research of Czech musicologist Jiří Zahrádka and is presented in partnership with TIC BRNO (Tourist Information Office Brno), the Moravian Museum for the International Czech Centres, and The Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago.





* Lyric debut
*** Ryan Opera Center Ensemble
** Ryan Opera Center alum

Program book

Go inside this production of Jenůfa with engaging articles, notes from the director, a complete plot synopsis, artist bios, and more.


Production by the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Celebrating the life and work of Leoš Janáček is presented in partnership with