Premiere US Premiere
Production Language Czech
Country of Origin Belgium, Netherlands
Description 1917, Czech composer Leoš Janáček became obsessed with a married woman 40 years his junior. In the throes of despair, he penned more than 700 love letters and this haunting 22-part song cycle about a village boy who falls in love with a Romany girl.
Van Hove’s adaptation sets the main character—a successful photographer—in a present-day city and supplements the cycle with extracts from Janáček’s love letters to Kamila, creating an intimate self-portrait. Featuring bravura performances by tenor Andrew Dickinson and mezzosoprano Marie Hamard with additional music by composer Annelies Van Parys, van Hove’s contemporary reimagining of Janáček’s singular work paints a deeply affecting portrait of identity, infatuation, and alienation.
Ivo van Hove began his career as a stage director in 1981, producing and directing plays he wrote himself, before working with various esteemed theater companies and becoming general director of International Theater Amsterdam (formerly known as Toneelgroep Amsterdam) in 2001. International Theater Amsterdam, the Netherlands’ largest repertory company, produces a diverse roster of contemporary international theater.