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Concert

Leoš Janáček: The Makropulos Affair

Leoš Janáček

Koncertní provedení

The National Theatre
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    September 2022

    Sunday 11. 9.
    19:00

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    Wednesday 14. 9.
    19:00

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    Venue

    The National Theatre

    In the lead role

    the opera star Eva Urbanová

    A concert performance of Leoš Janáček’s opera The Makropulos Case, to be conducted by Robert Jindra, the new music director of the National Theatre Opera.

    Cast

    • 2021-2022
    • 2022-2023

    Creatives

    Stage director and Dramaturgy
    Beno Blachut

    "A beauty 300 years old – and for ever young – but with feelings burnt out! Ooh! Cold like ice! I will write an opera about her!" "I am already creating the ooh. But I will make her warmer, so people can sympathise with the woman. I may even fall in love with her." Thus wrote Leoš Janáček about his penultimate opera, inspired by Karel Čapek’s “philosophical comedy” The Makropulos Case, focused on immortality and fear of it. Following the play’s plot and using the original characters and situations, the composer – in his quintessential manner – foregrounded the personages’ erotic relations and the story’s sensuous atmosphere in general. What is more, Janáček demonstrated his profound understanding of the heroine, the celebrated diva Emilia Marty, who, notwithstanding the cynicism she has accrued during the three centuries of her life, actually still longs for love, strives  to make sense of life and attain fulfilment, while envying the mortals’ – perhaps naïve – belief in such “ordinary things”.  

    The opera received its world premiere on 18 December 1926 at the National Theatre in Brno. It was yet another Janáček triumph: "The cold one was an unexpected success! Everyone felt the chill. It is said to be my greatest piece!" Equally enthusiastic was the audience and critical response to the opera’s first night at the National Theatre in Prague, in March 1928, conducted by Otakar Ostrčil.

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