Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Opera Australia presents

The Makropulos Secret
Leos Janácek

She is tired. She is world-weary. And she is utterly, eternally beautiful. Elina Makropulos has drifted through so many people’s lives, leaving a trail of broken hearts and unanswered questions. Who is this beguiling heroine, and what is her secret?

Cheryl Barker was deeply moving in Janáček’s Jenůfa. Now she makes her Australian role debut as a very different woman: the chilling, thrilling Elina Makropulos. With her comes Peter Wedd, who made such an impressive debut as Laca in Jenůfa, Catherine Carby as Kristina, Andrew Goodwin as Janek and the redoubtable John Pringle in the role of Jaroslav Prus.

Completing the award-winning team is brilliant director Neil Armfield and Opera Australia Music Director Richard Hickox, who will conduct Janáček’s elusive, lyrical score.

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