Buryja, Števa

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(Janáček: Jenůfa). Ten. Half-brother of Laca Kleme?, grandson of Grandmother Burya. Like his half-brother, Števa is in love with Jenůfa (his cousin) and she is pregnant with his child. He is being interviewed with a view to going in the army, but is rejected, much to his relief. Jenůfa hopes this means they can marry, but Števa is in no hurry—he likes being free and attractive to women. The Kostelnička forbids any thought of their wedding until Števa has remained sober for a full year. After Jenůfa has given birth to their child, he makes it clear to her stepmother that he has no intention of marrying her and being responsible for the baby. Indeed, he is now engaged to Karolka, the Mayor's daughter. Created (1904) by Bohdan Procházka (usually known as Theodor Schütz).

Subjects: Opera.

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