Káťa Kabanová

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Why can’t people fly like birds?  

Spanish director Calixto Bieito is known as a radical figure in the opera world, someone who does not make compromises. ‘I am guided by intuition’, he has said.   

Bieito shows what happens to sensitivity and the thirst for life in confined conditions. The young Káťa is trapped in her own home. She longs for contact, but her spineless husband Tichon is cold and her mother-in-law Kabanicha is cruel. Her desperate thirst for the love she lacks leads to rash decisions with fateful consequences.   

‘Kamila, if it weren’t for you I wouldn’t want to live. It’s just an alliance of our souls which binds us.’
The composer Janáček to his unattainable beloved 

Opera was well suited to the composer Leoš Janáček. It provided him with a natural outlet for emotions, including his own. He fell in love with a married woman 38 years his junior. Kamila remained unattainable, so the composer wrote her into his music and also into the character of Káťa. Káťa’s monologues have tremendous expressive power. She is present in the music even when she is not singing. 

Performed by our visiting opera company National Theatre Prague.

Program and cast





Calixto Bieito

Set designer

Leonor Guardia

Costume designer

Eva Butzkies

Chorus master

Lukáš Kozubík

National Theatre Prague Chorus
National Theatre Prague Orchestra 




Finnish and English


approx. 1 hrs 30 min, no interval

Olavinlinna Castle

​The Savonlinna Opera Festival performances are held in two locations. Main location is Olavinlinna Castle.


Olavinlinna (Swedish: Olofsborg; literally St. Olaf's Castle) is a 15th-century three-tower castle located in Savonlinna, Finland. It is the northern most medieval stone fortress still standing.

The castle is built on an island in the Kyrönsalmi strait that connects the lakes Haukivesi and Pihlajavesi.


Transport to Olavinlinna

Transport to the opera performances and concerts is provided (for a charge) from the main Savonlinna hotels to the Castle and back.
18.00 Malakias Summer Hotel (Hernemäki) 
18.10 Tott Hotel 
18.15 Seurahuone Hotel 
18.20 Spa Hotel Casino and Vuorilinna 
18.25 Pietari Kylliäinen Hotel 
18.30 Olavinlinna Castle, Linnankatu stop.

The return journey leaves the stop on Linnankatu for charter buses near the Castle 15 minutes after the end of the performance. 

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