The Makropulos Case

An excellent production by David Radok, which was the opening of International Festival Janáček Brno 2014. Janáček’s penultimate opera, based on a play of the same name by Karel Čapek, is about the desire for immortality but also about the infi nite fatigue and horror to those whom death is denied. The main character is an opera singer, Emilia Marty, formerly Elina Makropulos, the daughter of the physician of Emperor Rudolf II. Thanks to the elixir of life she has lived for more than three hundred years. She gradually ceases to enjoy life and becomes exhausted, lonely and cynical. This mysterious femme fatale turns upside down the life of anyone she meets. Čapek’s absurd comedy is a mystery thriller that looks into the eccentric world of the opera diva, the decadent aristocracy and the superfi cial bourgeoisie. Janáček prepared a highly impressive musical drama.

About the company

Janacek Opera NdB belongs among the leading opera houses in Central Europe. During its existence, the opera ensemble has introduced significant productions, including world or Czechoslovak premieres (Janáček, Martinů, Shostakovich). Cooperates with theatres abroad (State Opera Vienna, Covent Garden Royal Opera), directors and conductors (D.Pountney, R. Carsen D. Radok, T.Hanus) as well as outstanding artists. Opera ensemble spans its activities across Europe (i.e. Austria, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Italy, Asia).

Theatre / company

Janáček Opera of the National Theatre Brno / Janáčkova opera NdB

Czech title

Věc Makropulos


Leoš Janáček


David Radok

Stage design

Zuzana Ježková, Ondřej Nekvasil

Costume design

Ondřej Nekvasil

Lighting design

Petr Kozumplík

Length of the performance

100 minutes

Stage area


Number of travelling persons



Czech , Subtitles available




Czech Crystal Award - Performing Arts and Dagmar and Václav Havel‘s Vize 97 Foundation Award on the International Television Festival Golden Prague 2015.


Jiří Heřman