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Leos Janacek - Věc Makropulos (The Makropulos Affair) [2012]

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Leos Janacek - Věc Makropulos (The Makropulos Affair) [2012]

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1. Act I
2. Act II
3. Act III

Emilia Marty - Eva Urbanová
Albert Gregor - Aleš Briscein
Advokát dr. Kolenatý - Peter Mikuláš
Solicitátor Vítek - Josef Kundlák
Kristina, jeho dcera - Agnieszka Bochenek-Osiecka
Baron Jaroslav Prus - Ivan Kusnjer
Janek, jeho syn - Luciano Mastro
Hauk - Šendorf - Václav Morys
Strojník - Jaroslav Kosec
Poklízečka - Erika Šporerová
Komorná - Michaela Kapustová

Men’s Chorus and Orchestra of the 
Antonín Dvořák Natioanal Moravian-Silesian Theater
Conductor - Robert Jindra
Ostrava (Czech Republic)

Live broadcast by Czech Radio Vltava
21 January 2012

 

In this work Janácek gave the operatic world one of the great roles for dramatic soprano. It is based on a story by pioneering Czech science-fiction writer Karel Capek (who invented the word "robot," by the way); the tale grows from the idea of a longevity serum. In the story, set in 1922, the fascinating opera singer Emelia Marty is interested in finding a will that figures in an inheritance lawsuit because attached to it is a document with the secret of the serum her father, the alchemist Hieronymous Makropulos, had tried on her 321 years earlier, when she was 16. The opera is about the recovery of the document, the unraveling of her secret, and her decision whether or not to prolong her life another 300 years. It is a unique tale, told with deft characterization and a human touch in Janácek's unique style, making use of unusually brief melodies which permit the telling of strong drama faster than in most other composers' operas. It takes a little getting used to Janácek's terse melodic style (which at critical moments often broaden into lovely lyrical outpourings), but this opera proves as fascinating as its heroine. --- Joseph Stevenson, Rovi

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