‘When I realised “Oh my God. my baby‘s deadl”. I just broke down and sobbed my heart out.‘ confides Anne Williams-King. Scottish Opera‘s newest young star and lead in Jenula.

She continues in a soft Welsh accent: ‘Jenufa's foster mother isavery strong religiousfigure intheir village, and she puts a hell of a lot of pressure on her daughter.‘ Then she smiles: ‘Butl'm glad ithappenedthat early on in rehearsals.

You can‘t letemotiontake over when you‘re singing in frontofan audience.

The eventin question istheturning pointinJanacek'stragicfirstopera. Jenufa. a beautiful Czech village girl. is vainly in love with Steva (and has his baby); he rejects herwhen herbeauty is spoiled by the jealous man who is in love with her. Hertoster mother. in desperationforJenufa‘sfuture happiness. kills the eight-week-old baby to make way for the ever-faithful Laca. Emotional stuff; butJanacek wrotethis opera whilstsuffering immense personal anguish. his 21/2 year-old son had already died. and his remaining child died during the time he was composing Jenufa. ‘I would tie up Jenufa with the black ribbon of the long illness, pain and cries of my daughter Olga and my little boy Vladimir.‘ he wrote.

Alter a run as de Valois in Scottish Opera Go Hound‘s Don Carlos last year. Anne crossed to the main company to sing Freia in Wagner‘s Das Rheingold. where her flowing waist-length hair was as talked about as the production itself. But itwas her electrifying performances as Violetta inthe same company‘s new production of Verdi's La Traviata this summerwhich really catapulted herintothe bouquet-throwing limelight. ‘Thatwas the greatesttime ofmy life.‘ she declares. ‘ButJenufa is something else. I‘ve nevertackled such a harrowing role.‘

The heavyweightcastforthis already renowned David Poutney production including Pauline Tinsley. Alberto Hemedios and Graham Clark—daunts Anne notat all. ‘lt‘s veryflattering for me. And anyway. Jenufa herselfwas surrounded by wiser. caring people. so lfeel it‘s going to be OK.‘

(Cate Devine)

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