The season of broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera on Classical 90.5 conclude this Saturday, May 5th, with an 10:00 a.m. performance of The Makropulos Case by Leoš Janáček. The tragicomedic libretto, also by Janáček, was based on the play of the same name by science-fiction pioneer Karel Čapek. The opera will be performed in Czech and will run approximately two hours and fifty minutes.
Janáček is renowned for writing rich, complex roles for women, and no contemporary singer embodies them more brilliantly than Karita Mattila. Following her triumphs in the title roles of Jenůfa and Kát’a Kabanová, she turns her attention to the composer’s most intriguing creation, Emilia Marty, a seductive 19th-century singer whose long life and vitality can be traced to a startling secret. The outstanding cast will be conducted by the BBC Symphony’s Jiři Bělohlávek.