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Prus has been going on for almost a century. Albert Gregor comes in to ask about the case. She is a young singer, and praises Emilia Marty, a famous singer she has seen rehearsing and admits that she will never be the artist Emilia Marty is. Baron Joseph Ferdinand Prus died in , leaving no will or legitimate children. Each party presented different evidence to support their case, but neither could proffer an actual will.

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Click here for printable PDF Some mysteries are more puzzling than others. At first encounter, the secrets of The Makropulos Case appear buried as deeply as the secret its enigmatic heroine conceals until the final moments.

No one can leave The Makropulos Case unmoved. In fact, 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. In an earlier drama, the dystopian R. With Kamila he maintained an impassioned, mostly one-sided, and it is believed purely emotional affair, conducted mainly through hundreds of letters, and ending only with his death in Kamila inflamed him with a renewed sense of his possibilities, and from that confidence came most of his greatest music.

He also cut some of the connective tissue that helps theater viewers navigate the plot. It is peopled by important characters, only one of whom we meet. Backstory, Part 1: In the days of Bohemian monarch Rudolf II — , court alchemist Hieronymus Makropulos formulated an elixir of youth for the sovereign.

Her apparently fatal reaction enraged Rudolf, who jailed her father. But Elina recovered and escaped. Now possessing years of life, she made her way through the coming centuries, assuming various identities and always using aliases with the initials E. The opera is set in Prague, early in the 20th century. That she was 16 when she drank the potion guaranteeing her more years and now claims her age as is a detail best overlooked.

Desperate for the potion to extend her life, she feels her past overtaking her. In Gregor and Prus, who are intrigued by her beauty, and in the young lovers Kristina and Janek, she encounters emotions she can no longer feel.

She has been corroded by the years. Having exhausted her desire to continue, she relinquishes her hold on the formula, at last reclaiming her humanity by succumbing to it and its inevitable consequence.

Whether the aging composer was coming to terms with his own mortality here is an open question. This opera is a study in how music transforms words, making even a prosaic text resonate.

The Act I introduction opens with a nervous ostinato in winds, trumpets, timpani, and low strings. Alternating with this anxious music is a second theme, lyrical and full-bodied, its contours and spirit anticipating the Act III transition to the conclusion, played there forte over pounding timpani.

Between these two themes comes a curious fanfare for offstage brass. Have they made love? Contemptuous, she all but spits out the question. Minutes later it becomes a quirky, offcenter tune that underscores the randy joie de vivre of Hauk, who recognizes Emilia from the days when she was the Spanish dancer Eugenia Montez, his lost love.

Few things here are repeated just as they first appear. Those fanfares that recall the days of Rudolf II are exceptions. Yet as Emilia reaches her final moments, entering new territory, the fanfares evolve.

Now they sound in the strings and orchestral brass, their intensity building until manic strings alone take over. The brass rejoins them. It announces we have come full circle and heralds our arrival, with Elina Makropulos, at the end.

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The Makropulos Case

Click here for printable PDF Some mysteries are more puzzling than others. At first encounter, the secrets of The Makropulos Case appear buried as deeply as the secret its enigmatic heroine conceals until the final moments. No one can leave The Makropulos Case unmoved. In fact, 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. In an earlier drama, the dystopian R. With Kamila he maintained an impassioned, mostly one-sided, and it is believed purely emotional affair, conducted mainly through hundreds of letters, and ending only with his death in

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All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice. It suggests that the widespread longing for an extended existence is an expression of our agency and that the rational appeal of extended existence rests on the fact that human beings are autonomous agents with a distinctively agential character. Keywords: Makropulos Case , immortality , Bernard Williams , extended existence , rational appeal , agency , human beings , autonomous agents , agential character Connie Rosati Connie S. Her research mainly addresses issues about personal good, moral motivation, and the nature and objectivity of law. She is currently working on a book about personal good.

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