Kabanov, Tichon Ivanyč

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(Janáček: Katya Kabanová). Ten. Husband of Katya, son of the Kabanicha. A weak man, totally ruled by his mother. This has gradually undermined his relationship with his wife. Ordered away on business by his mother, he is told what instructions to give to Katya to govern her behaviour during his absence. He weakly demurs but, as always, does as the Kabanicha tells him, humiliating Katya in the process. When he returns, Katya confesses to him and the Kabanicha that she has, in his absence, been unfaithful with Boris. She runs out of the house and despite his mother's efforts to prevent him, Tichon goes with the servant Glaša to find her. He is too late—her body is floating in the river. Even at this point, his mother rules his actions, preventing him rushing to recover her body, telling him she is not worth his efforts. Created (1921) by Pavel Jeral.

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