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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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BerlinThe Makropulos Case (Věc Makropulos)New production

Janáček: The Makropulos Case (Věc Makropulos)
Sir Simon Rattle; Claus Guth; Staatsoper Berlin; Etienne Pluss; Ursula Kudrna; Sebastian Alphons; Marlis Petersen
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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?
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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.
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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.
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A star turn in a drab surrounding

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.
***11
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Laura Aikin a magnificent Emilia Marty in Vienna

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.
****1
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