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

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Product details

  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Czech
  • Subtitles: English, German, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • 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 Sept. 2003
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C24EW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,675 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

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.

Cast:

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

Review

"Anja Silja … an electrifying performance … a perfect example of just what video opera can and ought to be" -- Opera Now

"Anja Silja’s Emilia … is a nonpareil triumph … This is a near-perfect production …" -- Wall Street Journal

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It's OK, a traditional take with a few liberties. For Silja fans it's a must, as she is absolutely superb. Whoever designed the costumes and put her in a leather pseudo-Nazi getup in the final act needs shooting. Seriously. The UK Channel 4 relay is typical of the nineties: no curtain calls, no audience visible, no introduction, etc. Pretty faceless as a production, as someone else has noted here. The Salzburg production from 2011 is far superior musically, which is a shame as Britain has championed a lot of Janacek over the years. Silja is of course worth seeing in this as she virtually owned the role for thirty odd years. It shows. The production is a little sterile, the music rushed. For more romantic lushness, listen to the Salonen.
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By ziggy_fan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Zaneres on 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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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H. A. Weedon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 July 2013
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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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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jungmann on 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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