The Case Makropulos - Bayerische Staatsoper (2016) - Vec Makropulos - Bayerische Staatsoper (2016)


General Information


Premiered on October 19th 2014

The inheritance litigation of Gregor against Prus that has dragged on for generations comes to an unexpected turn when the singer Emilia Marty turns up who can be of service with astonishingly detailed information about the past. The men caught up in the dispute lose their heads over this fascinating woman. However, love seems to mean nothing to her and sex is a ware; Marty goes to bed with the one in possession of the old document she is looking for: the Makropulos affair. For his final opera, the aged Leoš Janáček falls back on a contemporary drama with a phantasy plot, the story of 337 year old Elina Makropulos. As a young woman a life-prolonging elixir was tested on her. Since then she constantly changes countries, lovers and identities. As the effect of the elixir wears off she, tired of life but nonetheless fearful of death, searches for the recipe that could once again defer her ageing. Karel Čapek's ingenious comedy speculates on the meaning of mortality. Janáček turns it into a tragedy stretching across 300 years of loneliness.

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May 18, 2016 19:30:00

May 21, 2016 19:00:00

May 24, 2016 19:00:00


Árpád Schilling

Tomáš Hanus

Angela Denoke

Pavel Černoch

Kevin Conners

Rachael Wilson

John Lundgren

Dean Power

Gustav Belacek

Peter Lobert

Heike Grötzinger

Reiner Goldberg

Work's characters list



Emilia Marty

Albert Gregor

Vítek, premier clerc


Jaroslav Prus

Janek Prus

Dr. Kolenatý, avocat


Une femme de ménage