Welcome to the tenth installment of the Quick Fact blog series! These posts are meant to give you a bite-size overview of performances you’ll find in the 2014 Festival season. Each post in the series includes who, what, when, where, and why. We’ll even throw in some images, audio,  and videos to sweeten the deal. Enjoy!

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Music and Libretto: Leoš Janáček
Director: Garry Hynes
Conductor: Anne Manson
Cast (pictured clockwise from top left): Betsy Horne (Kát’a), Jennifer Roderer (Kabinicha), Dennis Petersen (Tichon), Megan Marino (Varvara),  Jan Opalach (Dikoi), Alex Richardson (Vanya), Rolando Sanz (Boris) and Jane Shaulis (Feklusha)



Considered one of the great operas of the 20th century, Janáček’s Kát’a Kabanová is a compelling psychological drama played out against the backdrop of the Volga River that features the mother of all mother-in-laws. Kabinicha dominates the lives of her obedient son Tichon and her daughter-in-law Kát’a, whose desperate attempts at emotional escape ultimately seal her fate. Based on the play The Storm by Alexander Ostrovsky.

LISTEN: NPR’s World of Opera (introduction and excerpts)


May 24 at 7:30pm
May 29 at 8:00pm
May 31 at 4:00pm
June 2 at 7:30pm
June 6 at 8:00pm

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College of Charleston Sottile Theatre


Kát’a Kabanová will  be the operatic debut of Druid theater director Garry Hynes (The Cripple of Inishmaan, 2011 Spoleto Festival USA) who was the first woman to win a Tony Award in 1998 for directing. It will also be the US professional debut of soprano Betsy Horne in the title role and conducted by Anne Manson, bringing three enormously talented women together to use their professional power to tell the story of one whose only power was personal.


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Tickets to Kát’a Kabanová and all other Festival performances are available online at spoletousa.org, over the phone at 843.579.3100, in person at the Charleston Visitor Center (375 Meeting Street), or through your mobile device.

If you want even more information about this and the other 2014 Festival opera productions, Facing Goya and El Niño, CLICK HERE.