Production reviews (1)

22 Jan - 14 May 2022
Věc Makropulos, Janáček,  
Mainfranken Theater Würzburg10 Performances
31 January 2022die-deutsche-buehne.deBernd ZegowitzNobody survives life Leoš Janáček: The Makropulos Case
Since the theater is playing in an alternative location, the Theaterfabrik Blaue Halle, in the district of Dürrbachau anyway, the technical possibilities for the stage are limited. Director Nina Russi is satisfied with two storage containers that are moved, opened and closed again in front of a dark background. In these, next to and in front of it, the action takes place around the protagonist Emilia Marty, the over 300-year-old singer, whose secret the whole opera revolves around. As a child, her father, Emperor Rudolf II's personal physician, tested an elixir on her that keeps people alive for 300 years. Since then she has lived under different names, always with the initials EM. Now, however, in order to regain possession of the recipe for the elixir, she has to help solve a complicated inheritance dispute without revealing her past.