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Work: The Makropulos Case (Věc Makropulos)

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ComposerJanáček, Leoš (1854-1928)
Period20th century
Year1926
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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ZürichDie Sache MakropulosNew production

Evelyn Herlitzius (Emilia Marty) © Monika Rittershaus
Janáček: The Makropulos Case (Věc Makropulos)
Jakub Hrůša; Dmitri Tcherniakov; Zurich Opera; Elena Zaytseva; Evelyn Herlitzius; Sam Furness
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On the plague of eternal life: a new Makropulos Affair in Zurich

Evelyn Herlitzius (Emilia Marty) © Monika Rittershaus
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?
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Miraculous Makropulos Case debuts in Asia

Aleš Briscein (Gregor) and Gitta-Maria Sjöberg (Emilia Marty) © Patrik Borecký (Brno, 2014)
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.
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The Makropulos Case in San Francisco: it's about time

Nadja Michael (Emilia Marty) and Stephen Powell (Baron Jaroslav Prus) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
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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A star turn in a drab surrounding

Karita Mattila (Emilia Marty/ Elina Makropulos) © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Karita Mattila produces a star turn in the title role, but a pure concert staging does little to bring out the cleverness of the libretto of Janáček’s Makropulos Case.
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Laura Aikin a magnificent Emilia Marty in Vienna

Heinz Zednik (Hauk-Šendorf) and Laura Aikin (Emilia Marty) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
It took Vienna State Opera almost 90 years to present Leos Janacek's Věc Makropulos, but in Peter Stein's production, it was worth the wait.
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