Leoš Janáček (1926)
Who Wants to Live Forever?
Do you wish for immortality? Even if your endless life would be one without love?
When the celebrated opera diva Emilia Marty reveals the whereabouts of the lost will of Baron Jaroslav Prus, it seems as the long lasting squabbling over Prus’ vast estate might finally be resolved. But when Marty reveals an uncanny knowledge of events long gone and exerts an inexplicable power over the men surrounding her, it soon emerges that the enigmatic singer has secrets of her own.
Based on Karel Čapek’s eponymous absurd comedy, Janáček’s penultimate opera is a mystery thriller about desire and eternal life. Tackling the big questions of love, life and death, it keeps its audience guessing until the gripping end. Written in Janáček’s creative period alongside masterworks like Katya Kabanova and The Cunning Little Vixen, The Makropulos Case is often described as featuring the most transcendent music of all 20th century operas and contains some of the composer’s most radiant, life-affirming music.
Richard Farnes conducts this new production by acclaimed director Tom Cairns, which opens the 2012 Edinburgh International Festival.
Sung in English with English titles
Lasts approximately 2 hours