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