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The Makropulos Affair (Mariinsky Theatre, opera) - 12 March 2019 at 19:00

The Makropulos Affair (Mariinsky Theatre, opera)

Mariinsky (ex. Kirov) Ballet and Opera Theatre​ More info | Price: 108.04 - 226.89 EUR

Genre: Opera Language: Czech Age restriction: 16+

Featured in: Mariinsky (ex. Kirov) Ballet and Opera Theatre March 2019 | Opera in St.Petersburg in March 2019 | Opera in Mariinsky (ex. Kirov) Ballet and Opera Theatre in March 2019

 

Credits


Music by Leoš Janáček

Libretto by the composer, after Karel Čapek's comedy



Director: Graham Vick

Set Designer: Richard Hudson

Original Light: Adam Silverman

Light: Giuseppe Di Iorio

Musical Preparation: Irina Soboleva

Principal Chorus Master: Andrei Petrenko

Czech Language Coach: Vsevolod Moskvin

Artists


Emilia Marty: Elena Stikhina



Full cast to be announced at a later date

Hieronymus Makropoulos, Emperor Rudolf II’s personal physician, has prepared an elixir for the monarch that will extend his life and his youth for three hundred years. But the Emperor decrees that the physician first try out the elixir on his daughter Elina. Elina Makropoulos thus becomes immortal. But as the three hundred years come to an end, the effect of the potion wears off and to continue to live she must drink yet more. But Elina’s lover, Baron Ferdinand Prus, took the recipe for the elixir from Elina and failed to return it. And so, at the age of three hundred and twenty seven and under the name of the singer Emilia Marty, Elina Makropoulos wages battle to win the inheritance alongside her great-grandson Albert Gregor and Baron Jaroslav Prus by trying to gain access to the archives held at the Prus family estate. As a result of her scheming, Prus’ son Janek commits suicide. Elina is unmasked and, having told the story of her incredibly long life, she hands over the recipe for eternal youth to Kristina, Janek’s young beloved. Without any regrets Kristina burns the document, now yellow with age.


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World premiere: 18 December 1926, The National Theatre in Brno
Premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre: 23 October 2010


Performance running time: 2 hours 45 minutes
The performance has two intermissions

 

Mariinsky (ex. Kirov) Ballet and Opera Theatre playbill


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