Prelude for an Eccentric Stage Work
published in: Opera, General
Janáček’s Makropoulos Affair at the 2011 Salzburg Festival
Presenting Janáček’s works in milestone productions has become rather a tradition at the Salzburg Festival: From the House of the Dead, Jenůfa and Kat’á Kabanová are well-remembered. For the coming summer, Artistic Director Markus Hinterhäuser has programmed The Makropoulos Affair, the fascinating plot of which deals with questions of eternal life, eternal beauty and perennial agelessness – packaged into eccentric stage action in Janáček’s unique tonal language. Angela Denoke, the celebrated Kat’á of 1998, will play the main role. “When I was planning, I tried to remember the key moments I experienced at the Festival over the years – and it quickly became clear: the most decisive experiences were connected to the composer Janáček. The performances of his operas were exemplary for me, they moved me,” Hinterhäuser declares.
At the end of January, the selection of supernumeraries was one of the first events in the life of this year’s production, which Christoph Marthaler – as for Kat’á Kabanová in 1998 – will direct, together with Anna Viebrock (scenery and costumes) and Esa-Pekka Salonen as music director. 150 men and women from all age groups found their way to the Karl-Böhm-Saal in order to apply as supernumeraries for the Salzburg production of Makropoulos. Given the great number of applicants, it was truly difficult for Anna Viebrock and the director’s co-operator Joachim Rathke to make a selection. Click here for more…