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The Makropulos Case - Glyndebourne Festival Opera [1995] [DVD] [2003] [NTSC] [2001]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Czech
  • Subtitles: English, German, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: CLASSICAL
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Sep 2003
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C24EW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,894 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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The Makropulos Case focuses on the issue of longevity – the pros and cons of living for 337 years, as happens to the mysterious Emilia Marty, the sexually irresistible prima donna who’s seen it all and done it all. Part grotesque human comedy, part profound personal tragedy, this opera examines the eternal mystery of human existence with uniquely life-enhancing vision.


  • Anja Silja
  • Kim Begley
  • Victor Braun
  • Andrew Shore

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Makropulos Case (The)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual opera 3 May 2007
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The singing is superb and the acting is subtle and more like a play than an Opera. Janacek's music is consistently enaging. The best thing about the DVD however is Anja Silia in the lead. One of the best leading sopranos I have seen. Characterisation of the role is convincing, in this highly original opera plot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dramatically Entertaining 27 April 2013
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I have long been a fan of Janaceks Sinfonietta, so thought I would give this a try, a pretty good choice. If you like memorable arias, well don't bother. This is in the realm of music drama. The story is drip fed against orchestral themes, with interesting sounds, and brief motifs that never last quite long enough. It is not difficult music though, never discordant or jarring but supports the storyline.
The cast have been well chosen, Anja Silja as Emilia seems totally in character as she reveals her relationships to the other characters. Kim Begley is Very good as Gregor, Andrew Shore is Dr Kolenaty, Manuela Kriscak is Kristina, and Victor Braun Baron Prus. All are up to the mark.
The sets are representative of their locations, one basic set with mods serves all, it works quite well.
The packaging is to say the least spartan, only four artists are listed on the back cover, without their on stage characters. The other minor characters and their performers are totally ignored. (They do appear in the end credits on disc)
There is no booklet, but a very brief synopsisis inside sleeve front, and Acts and chapters inside back. That is your lot.
For a decent synopsis see the good old internet!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bloring Bulls versus Singing Pigs 12 July 2013
By H. A. Weedon VINE VOICE
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Maybe some learned person will one day be able to explain to me why some composers, over the past century or so, have come round to decide not to use recitative, arias, duets, musical interchange singing, choruses etc. when composing operas. Although this production is superbly staged and presented by Glyndebourne Festival Opera, none of this is able to overcome the fact that its raison d'etre would appear to be for the actors to continually shout at each other at the top of their voices in a combined effort to drown out the beautiful orchestral music as well as deflecting attention away from the acting.

Why use 'shout-singing' when everything would be both much more pleasant and interesting had play genre been used instead of opera. What pleasure, or even enlightenment, is there in listening to actors communicating together as if they were a group of a bull and cows bloring at each other in a field? The grunting of pigs, birdsong, a breeze rustling through leaves, the murmur of voices from a gathering of humans, a horse whinnying - all of these are much more pleasant to hear than the way actors in this opera are obliged to shout at each other from beginning to end.

Why did Janacek do this? I am familiar with four other of his operas, all of which I enjoy watching, not lease because it's immediately apparent why he chose to write the music for them in the way he did; but not in this case. For me, it simply does not fit together. However, I think it wrong to mark down a performance simply because one doesn't happen to synchronise with its particular style or artistry. We have to ask: was it well sung, well acted, well staged, well orchestrated etc. And the answer to all of these is a resounding YES. Although I like most operas this is not one of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makropulos Case DVD: Glyndebourne 21 Jan 2013
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Silja masterly and yet another superb Glyndebourne production in every way. Good price dispatched quickly so a real bargain in my view
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4.0 out of 5 stars Why has no reviewed this before 12 Dec 2001
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The Makropoulos (sp) Affair is probably Janacek's best known opera and it certainly has the most interesting plot line since it was written by the well known writer Karel Capek (think science fiction). The plot alone is interesting enough to keep one's attention. The music is quite interesting, yet it seems perfectly in keeping with the story and provides interest to it as a good opera should. The sound and particularly the video are also well done. Most of the singing and acting is first rate though the vibrato and accuracy of a lead tenor and the lead soprano kcause some problems in listening to the opera. I won't try to give a synopsis of the story, but simply recommend this video as an excellent example of what 20th century opera coould do.
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