One of the highlights from the 2011 Salzburg Festival. With Angela Denoke in the lead role, this emotionally powerful opera was given superior treatment at the hands of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Esa-Pekka Salonen. The staging by Christoph Marthaler received fantastic reviews from all over the world. Janáeks absorbing masterpiece The Makropulos Case reflects all the dominant musical styles of the early 20th century, from Bohemian tunefulness to big Straussian phrases, Berg-like jaggedness and primeval rhythms.
Cast, conductor and direction team won unanimous applause --Financial Times
The cast is led by Angela Denoke's Emilia Marty...vocally strong as well as having a striking stage presence: mysterious in the first and vulnerable in the last...hers is a performance of distinction...Raymond Very's Albert Gregor is accurately sung and well characterized. --International Record Review, May 2012
Jurgita Adamonyte as the starry-eyed Krista, delivers abundant ravishing tone, and Angela Denoke is an utterly credible Marty: commanding elegantly seductive and exuding a poignantly believable world weariness. **** --BBC Music Magazine, June 2012
Angela Denoke, for whom the production was staged, is striking as Emilia Marty, the 300-year-old opera singer who has grown tired of life, and there is a strong supporting cast. It is a pleasure to see Ryland Davies enjoying himself so much as the dotty old Hauk-Sendorf. Esa-Pekka Salonen produces emotional magic from the pit. --Opera Now, July/August 2012