The Makropulos Case

The seductive diva Emilia Marty has broken hearts for over 300 years and yet she doesn’t look a day past 30. Now that the magical elixir granting her eternal youth is wearing off, can she seduce her way to immortality?

Music by Leoš Janáček | Libretto by Leoš Janáček

Sung in Czech with English supertitles


Fiercely seductive.

San Francisco Chronicle


The Mercury News

Gripping...a darkly juicy erotic drama.

San Francisco Chronicle

A smart mix of absurdity and dramatic force.

The Mercury News

Nadja Michael was feral, sinuous, feline.

San Francisco Chronicle

[Nadja Michael] evoked both the desperation and the dispassion of the character in vocal as well as physical terms. She tossed around her vocal lines with throaty potency, shaping individual phrases as if gauging them for their ability to sting. She bit off lines midstream, giving them extra-sharp edges.

San Francisco Chronicle

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Despite owning a formula for eternal life, a jaded, 337-year-old opera singer finds her humanity in death.

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Cast & Creative

Emilia Marty Nadja Michael
Albert Gregor Charles Workman*
Baron Jaroslav Prus Stephen Powell
Dr. Kolenatý Dale Travis
Vitek Joel Sorensen
Kristina Julie Adams
Count Hauk-Sendorf Matthew O’Neill
Janek Brenton Ryan*
A Cleaning Woman Zanda Švēde
A Chambermaid Zanda Švēde
A Stagehand Brad Walker


October 14, 18, 23, 26, and 29, 2016

Conductor Mikhail Tatarnikov*
Director Olivier Tambosi
Production Designer Frank Philipp Schlössmann
Lighting Designer Duane Schuler
Chorus Director Ian Robertson

 * San Francisco Opera Debut

A co-production with Finnish National Opera

Previous performances of The Makropulos Case can be found in our Archive.


Program Articles

Unraveling "The Makropulos Case"

The Makropulos Case unfolds in a continuous trajectory, its profundities delivered so deftly we may fail to recognize them until we realize we are engulfed. This mystery is about ourselves.

Nadja Michael Revealed

The German soprano is one of today's most alluring singing actresses.

More about Janacek and "The Makropulos Case"

An annotated bibliography of books and videos.

Made Possible By

This production is made possible, in part, by: The Bernard Osher Endowment Fund; The Thomas Tilton Production Fund; Jan Shrem & Maria Manetti Shrem, through the Emerging Stars Fund; Joan and David Traitel, through the Great Singers Fund; and Chevron.

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Photo (top): San Francisco Opera production of The Makropulos Case/Cory Weaver