Leoš Janáček's The Makropulos Case

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Arguably Janáček's most powerful score, The Makropulos Case (1926), received its U.S. premiere at San Francisco Opera in 1966. It returned last year with Finnish soprano Karita Mattila in the role of the mysterious Emilia Marty, née Elina Makropulos, a seductive 19th-century singer whose long life and vitality can be traced to a startling secret explanation, which spills out at the end of the opera: Marty has been granted eternal youth, thanks to the efforts of her alchemist father. Mattila has previously taken on the title roles in Janáček's Jenůfa and Kát’a Kabanová, making Makropulos a natural fit.

CAST:

Emilia Marty - Karita Mattila
Albert Gregor - Miro Dvorsky
Baron Jaroslav Prus - Gerd Grochowski
Dr. Kolenaty - Dale Travis
Kristina - Susannah Biller
Count Hauk-Sendorf - Matthew O’Neill
Janek - Brian Jagde
A Stagehand - Austin Kness
Chambermaid/Cleaning Woman - Maya Lahyani

CONDUCTOR: Charles Mackerras
STAGE DIRECTOR: Olivier Tambosi
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS
CHORUS DIRECTOR: Ian Robertson

Comments [1]

ardath_bey

the tenor sounds like Filianoti I could swear it's him but it's not.

Sep. 24 2011 02:10 PM

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