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J. K. Tyl Theatre

The Makropulos Affair

Karel Čapek

Opera festival 2022

The National Theatre
Opera Festival 2022

Basic information


The National Theatre


J. K. Tyl Theatre


In Czech


October 16, 2021


  • 2023-2024
  • 2024-2025


Musical preparation
Norbert Baxa
Stage director
Martin Otava
Chorus master
Jakub Zicha
Light design
Antonín Pfleger
Zbyněk Brabec


Leoš Janáček belongs to the most respected composers of the previous century. His works are presented by leading opera houses worldwide. Janáček shocked his contemporaries by the themes he selected for his operas, including the Makropulos Affair, a 1922 text by Karel Čapek.
He was surely attracted by the character of the mysterious Elina Makropulos, a daughter of court physician to Rudolph II. The emperor feared death and ordered his physician to prepare an elixir of eternal youth and immortality. Once the potion was ready the emperor ordered the physician to test it on his daughter Elina who then lived over three hundred years long. In the opera we see Elina at the end of her existence, exhausted by the excessive length of her life and wishing for death that she fears at the same time. The philosophical message of the theme – “you fools, you are so happy to be dying soon” – is still valid today. In Plzeň it will be the first time that the Macropulos Affair will be staged as opera.


Practical information

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