234th Season

Main Stage

12 March
2019 | Tuesday
The Macropulos Case (Opera in three acts)
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Artists Credits
Cast to be announced
World premiere: 18 Dec 1926 Mariinsky Theatre. St Petersburg

opera in three acts
Music by Leos Janacek
Libretto by the composer,
after Karel Capek`s comedy
Performed in Czech
The performance will have synchronised
Russian supertitles

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

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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