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The Makropulos Case - Glyndebourne Festival Opera  [DVD]  [NTSC] 
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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 whos 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
an electrifying performance
a perfect example of just what video opera can and ought to be" -- Opera Now
"Anja Siljas Emilia is a nonpareil triumph This is a near-perfect production " -- Wall Street Journal
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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!
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.Read more ›