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Is honour more important than love… or life?

Loved by two half-brothers, Jenůfa is secretly pregnant by one of them. Concerned for the family’s reputation, her step-mother commits an unspeakable act in the hope that Jenůfa does not remain alone. But when a baby’s body is found on the wedding day, the devastating truth is revealed to all.

Directed by David Alden, ENO’s Olivier-Award winning staging updates the setting to an isolated 20th century industrial estate in the Eastern Bloc, giving the story a contemporary edge that makes it feel even more relevant for today’s audiences.

Janáček’s powerfully rich score is conducted by ENO’s Music Director Mark Wigglesworth. American soprano Laura Wilde makes her role debut as Jenůfa,with Michaela Martens as her stepmother the Kostelnička.

'Glorious music, and truthful, complex, human drama'

The Independent

'Triumph… heart-rending…overwhelming'

Evening Standard

'Emotionally shattering'

Daily Telegraph

'The cast is superb'

The Guardian

Running Time
2hrs 45mins

Running time includes one interval of approximately 30 minutes.

Tickets available from £12 – £125* / 500 tickets available at every performance for £20 or less.

Pre performance talk
28 Jun 2016
Tickets £5 (£2.50 for concessions)
Signed Performance
6 Jul 2016
Sung in English, with surtitles projected above the stage

Find out more about our pre-performance talks.

Revival supported by the ENO Friends.

* ENO charges a £1.50 booking fee per ticket, or a maximum of £6 per transaction.



Discover Jenufa

Creative Team

Mark Wigglesworth


David Alden


Charles Edwards

Set Designer

Jon Morrell

Costume Designer

Adam Silverman

Lighting Designer 

Claire Glaskin

Original Choreographer

Maxine Braham

Revival Choreographer


Laura Wilde


Michaela Martens


Peter Hoare

Laca Klemeň

Nicky Spence

Števa Buryja 

Valerie Reid

Grandmother Buryja

Graeme Danby

Mill Foreman/Mayor

Natalie Herman

Mayor’s Wife

Soraya Mafi


Sarah Labiner