It was not until "Jenufa" that Leoš Janácek made a name for himself as
a composer for music theatre. Janácek’s third opera is set in a small
community in the countryside, where strict social control is very much
a way of life. Jenufa is with child by Števa, who assures her that he
will marry her, but breaks his promise.
By the age of fifty, Janácek had developed his own style of opera which involved the creative use of folk music and was essentially based on the natural rhythm of spoken language.
He uses this to create a profound psychological drama which is taken even further in later works such as "Katja Kabanova" and "From the House of the Dead".
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