Leoš Janáček’s opera has all the elements of a thriller with a science-fiction twist. Central to the story is Elina Makropoulos, who, thanks to an elixir of life that her alchemist father tested on her, has been alive for three centuries. She must find the recipe before potion wears off. But is a life without the boundary of death a life worth living?
Janacek’s macabre but deeply passionate opera is perfectly suited to the Hungarian theatre and film director Kornél Mundruczó, who will return to Opera Vlaanderen following his haunting production of Bluebeard's Castle/Winterreise. Under the musical direction of the Czech conductor Tomas Netopil - who was previously guest conductor for Samson et Dalila, Die Zauberflöte and La Juive – Janáček’s indelible score is in expert hands.