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The Makropulos Case

Opera North

Janáček’s penultimate opera is at once a mystery thriller and a meditation on desire and eternal life.

Do you wish for immortality? Even if your endless life would be one without love? 

The squabbling over the contested will of Baron Jaroslav Prus has gone on for almost a century, but the mysterious opera diva Emilia Marty seems to know far more than she should about the history of the case. Men inexplicably fall at her feet and, strangely eager to possess an arcane document hidden with Prus’s will, she coldly uses them to discover its whereabouts.

Janáček’s penultimate opera is at once a mystery thriller and a meditation on desire and eternal life. It keeps its audience guessing until its thrilling conclusion's transcendent revelations on life and love, and features some of the composer’s most radiant, life-affirming music.

Richard Farnes conducts the premiere of this new production by acclaimed director Tom Cairns, with an exceptional cast of soloists.

Sung in English with English supertitles
Touch Tour
Audio Described

The Makropulos Case New Production Premiere

Opera North

Leoš Janáček

Libretto by Leoš Janáček after Karel Čapek

Emilia Marty Ylva Kihlberg

Albert Gregor Paul Nilon

Vítek Mark Le Brocq

Kristina Stephanie Corley

Jaroslav Prus Robert Hayward

Janek Adrian Dwyer

Dr Kolenatý James Creswell

Hauk-Šendorf Nigel Robson


Richard Farnes Conductor

Tom Cairns Director

Hildegard Bechtler Set designer

Bruno Poet Lighting designer

11 August 2012

  • Festival Theatre (Show on map)
  • 150 minutes
  • £16 - £68*

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