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Die Sache MakropulosNew production

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OpernhausFalkenstrasse 1, Zürich, 8008, Switzerland
September 22 19:00, September 25 19:00, September 28 19:00, October 06 20:00, October 09 19:00, October 13 14:00, October 17 19:30, October 22 19:00
Performers
Zurich Opera
Jakub HrůšaConductor
Dmitri TcherniakovDirector, Set Designer
Elena ZaytsevaCostume Designer
Evelyn HerlitziusSopranoEmilia Marty / Elina Makropoulos
Sam FurnessTenorAlbert Gregor
Tomás TómassonBassDr Kolenatý
Kevin ConnersTenorVítek
Deniz UzunMezzo-sopranoKristina
Scott HendricksBaritoneBaron Jaroslav Prus
Spencer LangTenorJanek
Martin ZyssetTenorCount Hauk-Šendorf
Katia LedouxContraltoChambermaid
Ruben DroleBaritoneA Stage Technician
Irène FriedliSopranoA Cleaning Woman
Gleb FilshtinskyLighting Designer
Tieni BurkhalterVideo Artist
Beate BreidenbachDramaturgy
Ernst RaffelsbergerChoirmaster / chorus director
Zusatzchor der Oper Zürich
Zurich Opera Chorus
Philharmonia Zürich

To outwit death and become immortal – this is a dream as old as the history of humanity. But is eternal life really desirable? Is it not precisely the finite nature of life that makes it so precious? Either way, this is the experience of Emilia Marty, on whom an elixir to prolong life has been tested – and who has now lived in different countries under changing names (she was originally called Elina Makropulos) and identities for 337 years. The effect of the elixir begins to wear off, and initially, «Marty» – as the singer is also admiringly called – is willing to use any means to get her hands on the lost recipe for the potion. She also deploys her irresistible erotic appeal for the purpose, and men of all ages lose their heads for her by the dozen, while she remains completely unmoved. However, once the recipe is finally back in her possession, she realises that she no longer wants to live at all: «This terrible solitude! You’re weary of the good, weary of the bad… And you feel that your soul is dead inside.» Janáček first encountered Karel Čapek’s comedy Věc Makropulos(The Makropulos Affair) in 1922. At the time, the composer was fascinated by the icy coldness of the 337-year-old beauty, but in the course of his work on the opera he began to feel sympathy for the heroine of the title, who had had to live and bear her infinite isolation for so long. «I would like everyone to love her in the end,» he wrote. «For me, nothing works without love.»

This production will be directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov, who has already presented exciting interpretations of Janáček’s Jenůfa and Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande in Zurich. Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša, a Janáček expert, will be débuting at Zurich Opera House. Furthermore, there will be reunion with Evelyn Herlitzius, who has already captivated Zurich audiences with her intense portrayal of Elektra.

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