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Work: The Makropulos Affair (Věc Makropulos)

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ComposerJanáček, Leoš (1854-1928)
Period20th century
Year1926
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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BerlinDie Sache Makropulos

Janáček: The Makropulos Affair (Věc Makropulos)
Finnegan Downie Dear; Claus Guth; Staatsoper Berlin; Étienne Pluss; Ursula Kudrna; Sebastian Alphons; Staatskapelle Berlin
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Beware of what you wish for: The Makropulos Affair at WNO

Olivia Fuchs gives a powerful staging of Janáček's morality tale of the perils of eternal youth, with an excellent cast, but there are reservations about the title role.
****1
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Claus Guth presents The Makropulos Case as tragicomedy in Berlin

Director Claus Guth's new production for the Staatsoper Berlin is a bit of a mixed bag but the evening succeeds more on its musical merits, with a splendid ensemble of singers and orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.
****1
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On the plague of eternal life: a new Makropulos Affair in Zurich

To outwit death and attain immortality is a dream as old as human history. But isn’t it precisely the finite nature of life that makes it so precious?
***11
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Miraculous Makropulos Case debuts in Asia

National Theatre Brno brings David Radok’s 2014 staging of Janáček’s Makropulos Case to the Hong Kong Arts Festival, the opera's first-ever journey to Asia, with Annalena Persson in the lead.
****1
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The Makropulos Case in San Francisco: it's about time

Despite the black and white palate, this Makropulos Case has plenty of color. Nadja Michael heads the cast with her fiery portrayal of Elina Makropulos, and conductor Mikahil Tatrnikov makes a triumphant San Francisco Opera debut in the pit.
****1
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