This is a must-have for Janacek fans. The production - following the lead of the Berlin staging in 1972, and elswhere - has a stark stretch of water as the playing area, crossed by changing arrangements of duckboards. This sounds awkward, but the stylish and clever lighting makes it work very well. The setting does not distract us from the intensity of the action.Mattila is wonderful as the eponymous heroine.
Janacek's typically extreme contraction of the source story - Ostrovski's The Storm' (1856) - does mean that the dialogue (parlando) is so sparse as to be sometimes incomprehensible. This production gives us a Katia who is neurotic, egotistical and unstable, quite different from the standard critics' view of her character. N'hesite pas.