‘The Makropulos Affair’: Swiss premiere of the New Critical Edition

On Sunday, 22 September 2019, UE's New Critical Edition of Leoš Janáček's The Makropulos Affair will have its Swiss premiere at the Zurich Opera House. This production will be directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov, who has already presented exciting interpretations of Janáček’s Jenůfa and Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande in Zurich. Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša, a Janáček expert, will be débuting at Zurich Opera House.

In UE's New Critical Edition, the performance material has been completely reworked on the basis of all the preserved sources. The revision of the score involved a comparison of the autograph score with three copies that originated during the composer’s lifetime. It has already proven its mettle in cities such as Vienna, Berlin, Bonn, San Francisco and, Gothenburg.

Janáček’s eighth and, at the same time, penultimate opera belongs to the most frequently produced operas of the 20th century. It is based on the drama by Karel Čapek that Janáček saw in Brno in January 1923.

Musical director Jakub Hrůša
Producer and stage designer Dmitri Tcherniakov
Dramaturgy Beate Breidenbach

Emilia Marty Evelyn Herlitzius
Albert Gregor Sam Furness
Vítek, Kanzleivorsteher bei Kolenatý Kevin Conners
Krista, seine Tochter Deniz Uzun
Jaroslav Prus Scott Hendricks
Janek Prus, sein Sohn Spencer Lang
Dr. Kolenatý, Advokat Tómas Tómasson
Theatermaschinist Ruben Drole
Putzfrau Irène Friedli
Hauk-Schendorf Guy de Mey
Kammerzofe Katia Ledoux

Philharmonia Zürich
Zusatzchor des Opernhauses Zürich
Statistenverein am Opernhaus Zürich


Read the full score:

The Makropulos Affair