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Prom 45: Janacek: The Makropulos Affair

Live at the Royal Albert Hall, Janacek's opera The Makropulos Affair, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Singers conducted by Jiri Belohlavek and a cast including Karita Mattila.

Live at BBC Proms: Janacek's opera The Makropulos Affair. Jirí Belohlávek conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers and a cast including Karita Mattila as Emilia Marty.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Janacek: The Makropulos Affair (concert performance; sung in Czech)
Acts 1 & II

20.45 INTERVAL: Proms Extra - The Makropulos Affair Considered
Louise Fryer talks to Janacek experts Nigel Simeone and Jan Smaczny about The Makropulos Affair. Part of a discussion recorded before the performance at the Students' Union, Imperial College.


Emilia Marty ..... Karita Mattila (soprano)
Albert Gregor ..... Aleš Briscein (tenor)
Dr Kolenatý ..... Gustáv Belácek (bass-baritone)
Vítek ..... Jan Vacík (tenor)
Kristina, Vitek's daughter .... Eva Šterbová (soprano)
Baron Jaroslav Prus ..... Svatopluk Sem (baritone)
Janek ..... Aleš Vorácek (tenor)
Count Hauk-Šendorf ..... Jan Ježek (tenor)
Stage Technician .... Jiri Klecker (baritone)
Cleaning Woman ..... Yvona Škvárová (contralto)
Chambermaid ..... Jana Hrochová-Wallingerová (contralto)
BBC Singers (men's voices)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jirí Belohlávek, conductor
Kenneth Richardson, stage director

A dream team gathers for Janacek's late, great existential masterpiece The Makropulos Affair. This tragic satire is powered by a score that contains some of the composer's most extreme and alluring music.

The Finnish soprano Karita Mattila, acclaimed for her 'electrifying' portrayal of the opera's heroine, Emilia Marty, at the Met in New York, is joined by Czech singers and the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Conductor Laureate Jirí Belohlávek.

2 hours, 45 minutes

Music Played

  • Leos Janáček

    The Markropulos Affair (Acts i & ii)

    Performer: Karita Mattila. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.
  • Leos Janáček

    The Markropulos Affair (Act iii)

    Performer: Karita Mattila. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.
  • Alex Jones

    Sensim mutationem

    Performer: John Reid. Performer: Antoine Francoise.
  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptu No.1 in F minor, D935

    Performer: Clifford Curzon.
    • DECCA.
  • Erik Satie

    Pieces froides for piano, 3 Airs a faire fuir, no. 2;

    Performer: Alan Marks.
    • Erik Satie: Collected Items From A Silent Dream.
    • Decca.
    • 10.



The annual BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers' Competition for 12-18 year olds provides what most composers only dream of: the chance to have their music performed by professional musicians at the BBC Proms and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Not only this - winners also receive a BBC commission for a high-profile performance and are mentored throughout the process by a professional composer.


On Monday 15th August 2016 the Aurora Orchestra gave a concert in the Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House in London featuring the six winning pieces from this year's competition.  Between now and Monday 22nd August there's a chance to hear these winning pieces and tonight it's the turn of 17 year Alex Jones and his piece entitled Sensim mutationem.


Role Contributor
Performer BBC Symphony Orchestra
Performer BBC Singers


  • Fri 19 Aug 2016 19:30

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