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The Makropulos Affair

What if you could live forever?

The enigmatic diva Emilia Marty looks younger than her years. The secret of her youth, a magical elixir of life taken centuries ago. For over 300 years she has lived many lives - moving across Europe, changing her name and breaking hearts along the way - as she chases a desire to be the greatest singer of all times. But as the elixir starts to wear off will she become desperate to find the recipe for her eternal youth?

Prepare to be engrossed in one of opera’s most thrilling mysteries as The Makropulos Affair leads us on a journey to reveal the real identity of this intriguing woman. Conducted by WNO’s Music Director Tomáš Hanus, Janáček's intensely dramatic score only adds to the mystery, leaving you wondering whether immortality can really bring happiness, or is it just a curse?

Sung in Czech, with surtitles in English.

Supported by WNO Janáček Circle.

Pre-show talk available, see the Extras tab for more details.

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes with two intervals.


Contains haze effects.

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Fri 7.15pm £17 to £55
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Pre-Show Talk

Friday 25 November 2022 | 6pm | Southampton City Art Gallery | Running Time: Approx. 30 mins

Join us for a chance to discover more about The Makropulos Affair in this question and answer session. Have a burning question that you want to ask about the production? Do you want to know about the set, the performers, what life on tour is like, or where they trained to become a professional?

Reserve a place by calling our Box Office on 02380 711811.