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22 Sep 2005

A lightweight Jenůfa

But Janáček's morality tale still mesmerizes

By Frank Kuznik [The Prague Post, 21 September 2005]

What a difference 100 years makes.

When Leoš Janáček finished his opera Jenůfa in 1903, he sent it to National Theater Director Gustav Schmoranz, who promptly rejected it. "For our sake and for yours we would like your work to be fully successful on the stage, but we fear that it would not be so," Schmoranz wrote back.

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