A lightweight Jen?fa

But Jan·?ek’s morality tale still mesmerizes

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

What a difference 100 years makes.

When Leoö Jan·?ek finished his opera Jen?fa 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.