On Saturday July 24th, West Edge will open its festival with Katya Kabanova by Leoš Janáček, first performed in 1921. Jonathan Khuner will conduct this haunting tale of a woman's passion breaking free from the constraints of a conservative society with tragic consequences. Indra Viskontas directs. Soprano Carrie Hennessey will play the title role. Adler Fellow and Merola alum Christopher Oglesby will play her lover Boris. Kabanicha, Katya's tyrannical mother-in-law, will be played by soprano Kristin Clayton. Mezzo-soprano Sarah Coit is another veteran of West Edge's 2019 festival, earning raves as Jenny Diver in The Threepenny Opera, and will play Katya's young confidant, Varvara. Rounding out the cast will be tenor Alex Boyer, as well as Philip Skinner and Chad Somors. The opera will be sung in Czech with English subtitles. Performances run through Thursday, August 5th.