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The Makropulos Case
Opéra Bastille - from 05 to 17 October 2023
1h50 no interval
Language : Czech
Surtitle : French / English
Opening night : 5 oct. 2023
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In few words:
Who has never dreamed of eternal youth? In The Makropulos Case, the celebrated singer Emilia Marty is 337 years old yet appears 30 thanks to a life-extending elixir. As the effects of the potion begin to wane, the diva is desperate to obtain the formula that will allow her to retain her dazzling youth. Thus begins a race against time, the fatal outcome of which is death. At the crossroads between science fiction and philosophical debate, Czech composer Leos Janacek's penultimate opera is an incredibly modern work. Created in 1926, the score is astonishing for its mastery of the sung word, its harsh rhythms and intense expressivity. Conjuring up Hollywood mythology, be it Marilyn Monroe, King Kong or Gloria Swanson, director Krzysztof Warlikowski delivers a profound reflection on time and immortality.
Emilia Marty: Famous diva
Albert Gregor: Grandson of Ferdinand Gregor, supposed heir to Baron Prus
Dr Kolenaty: Gregor’s lawyer
Vitek: Clerk to the lawyer Koletany
Krista: Daughter of Vitek
Jaroslav Prus: Descendant of Baron Prus
Janek: Son of Jaroslav Prus
Hauk-Šendorf: A senile count and former lover of Eugenia Montez
The Makropulos Case
Opera in three acts (1926)
Based on the homonymous comedy by Karel Čapek
Krzysztof Warlikowski's production emphasizes the plot and the extremely theatrical aspect of the work. The singers play the game brilliantly.Resmusica, 2013
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