Klemeň, Laca

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(Janáček: Jenůfa). Ten. Half‐brother of Števa Buryja and grandson of Grandmother Buryja. He is in love with Jenůfa (his cousin by virtue of his mother's second marriage, but no blood relation). He is jealous of his brother, whom Jenůfa loves. To make her less attractive to Števa, he impulsively slashes her face with a knife, an act he immediately regrets. He is told by his aunt, the Kostelnička, that Jenůfa has given birth to Števa's baby, which has died. He offers to marry Jenůfa and she agrees, although she does not truly love him. When her baby's body is found and her stepmother confesses to its murder, Laca, with great tenderness and understanding, stands by Jenůfa, wanting to go ahead with the wedding. She realizes that, through all their suffering, she has now found true love with Laca. Created (1904) by Alois Staněk‐Doubravský.

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