The long-hoped for production of Katia finally available on DVD Karita Mattila's triumphant performance combined with Robert Carsen's magical direction.
This production of Katia Kabanova, recorded at Madrid's Teatro Real in December 2008, received universal acclaim from the Spanish critics as a perfect piece of opera.
The newspaper headlines were impressive:
"the best of best productions", "almost perfect", "Perfect performance in every area"(El Norte de Castilla), "No one can remain indifferent to this Katia, it's amazing" (ABC) This production of Katia stands out due to the stunning beauty of Robert Carsen's theatrical production, the magnificent direction, a bold and powerfully poetic stage design. All the action takes place on a huge expanse of water, filled with the reflections of extraordinarily graceful images shaped by exquisite lighting. The cast, dominated by the remarkable Karita Mattila, is the perfect match for Janacek's masterpiece.
The rare talent of conductor Jiri Belohlavek provides a musical direction that brings out every element of the story, all the passion, subtlety, fragility and drama. The Teatro Real Orchestra gives one of its best performances ever.
The third factor in the production's huge success is the presence of Finnish soprano Karita Mattila. Her performance embodies all the intensity needed to portray Katia the dreamer at the beginning of the opera and the tormented Katia at its close. She totally dominates the stage at all times: it is difficult to imagine the opera without her.