Karina Canellakis covert De zaak Makropulos
With Vĕc Makropulos (The Makropulos Case), chief conductor Karina Canellakiscontinues her Janáček cycle. If you seen previous performances of operas by this amazing Czech composer, you'll know she'll meet the very highest expectations in the Concertgebouw on March 23.
The pinnacle of the twentieth century
Although Leoš Janáček only started writing operas around fifty, his music-dramatic works are among the most important of the twentieth century. In his final period, he combined his classical experience with the influences of Moravian and Bohemian folk music and developed his special speech melody.
Sally Matthews as an ageless lady
The Makropulos Case, which premiered in 1926, is Janáček's penultimate opera. Soprano Sally Matthews plays the central character of Emilia Marty, the four-hundred-year-old lady who continues living in a new guise but now finally wants to die. The composer virtuoso interweaves her compelling story with a Kafkaesque court case, making it a unique opera.
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