Janacek's The Makropulos Case

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Saturday, May 05, 2012

Arguably Janáček's most powerful score, The Makropulos Case (1926), returns to the Met in a noirish production by Elijah Moshinsky and featuring Finnish soprano Karita Mattila in a signature role.

Mattila plays 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 sang this role last year at San Francisco Opera to enthusiastic reviews.


Conductor: Jiri Belohlávek
Emilia Marty: Karita Mattila
Albert Gregor: Richard Leech
Jaroslav Prus: Christopher Feigum 
Dr. Kolenaty: Tom Fox

Comments [5]

concetta nardone from Nassau county

Enjoyed some of the orchestral music. I think this opera is best viewed as a stage presentation rather than just listening. Wish I had the score to read for this. These lesser known works can be enjoyable. I would not take a recording of this opera if I were sent into exile.
CBC: Will not be reviewing the Met on their special site. Best wishes.
I am only a mild eccentric who is absolutely wild about the orchestrations from the Ring. I did think the conductor did a great job.

May. 05 2012 04:24 PM

Grazie tanto. There's a Ring site on WQXR where we can comment on the Ring. I'll have a lot to say there. State bene Beduzza !!!!!

May. 05 2012 04:05 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau county

CBC: Tante belle cose anche a te. Auguri.

May. 05 2012 09:40 AM

CBC Well I hope u had as much fun as I did this season. WE went from locking horns to becoming fast friends. I thank WQXR for giving us this opportunity. I too do no know this opera. Will keep it in the background. Hopefully we'll coverse during the Summer b'casts. Stay well. Enjoy the Summer with your husband & opera. (can't go wrong there). May u & your husband be as happy as Minnie & Ramirez or Hansel & Gretel.

May. 05 2012 03:58 AM
concetta nardone from Nassau county

CBC: Do not know this opera. Hope it is worth the trouble to listen. See, I don't know everything even if I act like I do. Best wishes.

May. 04 2012 08:48 AM

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