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The Makropulos Case
Opens: 11/08/2012 Closes: 22/11/2012 Opera North, UK TourA lesser man might be embarrassed; but Leos Janacek allowed his lifelong, unrequited love for Kamila Stösslová to inspire not only a string quartet, but three of his operas. The spectre of 'Paní' Stösslová is centre stage again as Opera North open the Edinburgh International Festival – their first performance there for eight years – with veteran director Tom Cairns at the helm. For more information visit: http://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/the-makropulos-case Buy: http://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/the-makropulos-case
Guardian“There are a couple of lapses...” What is faultless, though, is Richard Farnes's conducting, which is superb in its passion, elation and drive throughout...
The Telegraph“Cool and lucid and refreshingly untricksy...” The star is Richard Farnes, who conducts his orchestra with a finely judged sense of the work’s febrile modernist edge and urban restlessness: under his electrifying baton, the music reaches a white heat of intensity...
The Stage“An enthralling, slick version of Janacek’s 1926 masterpiece...” Brings a modern looseness that immensely lifts and propels the complex score. Add to that Hildegard Bechtler’s simple but sumptuous 1920s set and costumes, and you have a vibrant production to die for...
Financial Times“Little to define it...” Opera North’s music director let the music blaze, maintaining a flawless balance between its tensile pulse and lyrical glow. He and his orchestra alone made this otherwise disappointing production worthwhile...
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