The Makropulos Case
Place de la Bastille, 75012 Paris
Capacity 2700 seats
1 h 50 min
With an intermission
For all audiences
In Czech surtitled in French and in English
Highlights: The Makropulos Case
It is often said that wisdom comes with age. The old adage claims that “with age comes wisdom”. However, this is decidedly not the case for Leoš Janáček’s heroine in The Makropulos Case...
Elina Makropoulos has known many identities, such as Eliana McGregor, Elsa Müller, Ekatarina Miskine, and Eugénia Montez. She has already lived six lives when we meet her on the stage of the Opéra Bastille under the name of Emilia Marty. She looks 30, but she has already reached the age of 337 thanks to an elixir of longevity, the formula of which she seeks to find at any and all costs.
Karita Mattila, the great Finnish soprano, plays this fantastic heroine who embarks on a race against time, the only way out of which is death – a pretext that allows the great director Krzysztof Warlikowski to give us a profound reflection on time and immortality. The grandiose and surprising staging conjures up monumental figures, from Marilyn to King Kong and Gloria Swanson. An opera that sets itself apart from the repertoire, featuring a story like no other!
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Story: The Makropulos Case
What would you do if you were offered eternal youth? After watching The Makropulos Case, your answer might change…
At the ripe age of 337 years old, opera starlet Emilia Marty doesn’t look a day over 30 thanks to the youth-preserving properties of a life-extending elixir. However, when the effects of the potion start to wane, the diva is determined to do anything in order to obtain its formula, all in the pursuit of eternal beauty… thus begins a desperate race against time, wherein Emilia grapples with her sense of self and her own mortality.
This, Leoš Janáček’s penultimate opera, is an incredibly modern work, positing thought-provoking notions and quintessentially human flaws that persist in the literature of today. At a crossroads between science fiction and philosophical debate, Janáček creates a probing exploration of time and immortality through this dynamic piece. The excellence of its subject is matched only by its masterful score, recognised for its artful mastery of the sung word, explosive rhythms, and intense expressivity. Lovers of drama and musicality alike – come by the Opéra Bastille this October to experience the utterly unique The Makropulos Case!
Premium Experience Ticket Option
Looking for more than a standard ticket to the show? To make your experience an unforgettable one, you will be able to choose this following upgraded offer at the time of booking:
Champagne + Programme + Exclusive Access to Salon Berlioz + Show
This package is available even after standard sales for the opera are closed. It includes a glass of champagne, a show programme, and exclusive access to the Opéra Bastille's beautiful Salon Berlioz, reserved for primary ticket holders. As a result of our official partnership with the Friends of Paris Opera Association, the package can only be purchased via the Theatre in Paris box office.
Designed by Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott, the building was commissioned by French President François Mitterrand and inaugurated in 1989. For years, many had lamented the lack of a modern venue in Paris capable of welcoming modern concerts and performances with different acoustic approaches, and the flexibility that a modulable venue lends. A movement started in the 1960s called for a larger new venue in Paris that would appeal to the masses, a modern compliment to the elaborate Palais Garnier. Just over 100 years after the inauguration of the Palais Garnier, the demands finally won over the newly-elected President Mitterrand, who supported the project as the headliner among many modern works launched during his term. Selecting the popular Bastille neighbourhood for its ease of accessibility from Paris and the surrounding areas, the old Bastille Train Station was destroyed to make way for the construction of the new venue. The building was completed just in time for the bicentenary of the French Revolution.
The venue has undergone many changes in direction resulting from varying political affiliations, and has undergone major renovations since its construction to repair and to soundproof the entire structure. Unlike other auditorium designs, each and every seat at the Opéra Bastille guarantees an unrestricted view of the stage. With its white glass ceiling, crisp gray compliments, and black seating adorned with rich oak, the venue is an ode to modernity and simplistic design. From the exterior, made of blue granite from Brittany and blocks of glass, light is reflected from every corner of this angular venue.
Fast facts Capacity: 2745 Handicap Accessible: Yes – in order to guarantee access to specific locations, we ask that you make your reservation at least 15 days before the performance. Air conditioning: Yes Heating: Yes
How do I get to Opéra Bastille in the 12th arrondissement of Paris?
The Opéra Bastille is accessible by: Metro lines: The Opéra Bastille is accessible by the Metro lines 1, 5, and 8, which run until the metro station Bastille. RER lines: The Opéra Bastille is accessible by the RER lines A and D, which run until the RER station Gare de Lyon. Bus lines: The Opéra Bastille is accessible by the bus lines 29, 87, 91, 76, and 86, which run until the following stations: Bastille, Bastille - Faubourg Saint-Antoine. Our hotline can be reached in case of difficulty finding the theatre from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Paris time. For details, we invite you to consult the map above.
What do I do when I get to Opéra Bastille?
How long does the opera, The Makropulos Case, last?
Can I take photos during the performance of The Makropulos Case?
Is The Makropulos Case for an international audience or French speakers?
Where will I be seated, and will I see the surtitles properly?
Subtitles or “surtitles”?
Does the Opéra Bastille have a specific dress code?
There is no specific dress code, but proper attire is appreciated. Many Parisians will arrive directly from work, dressed in business casual or chic attire. For Parisian operas and ballets, the dress code tends to be a bit fancier than in other venues, so feel free to have a little fun and dress to impress. Generally, elegant casual wear is required, and jackets are recommended for men. Shorts, bermuda shorts, flip-flops, sportswear and trainers are discouraged.
Is there a coat check available at the Opéra Bastille?
Is tipping customary at Opéra Bastille in Paris?
At the Opéra Bastille, it is customary not to tip ushers.
If I'm late, will I still be allowed into the show?
The theatre doors are closed as soon as the curtain rises. Theatre doors close 15 minutes after the start of the performance and reopen at intermission if the performance includes one.
If you arrive within 15 minutes after the start of the performance, you will not be allowed to enter the theatre and will be directed to an area with a television where you can watch the first part of the show. You will be able to return to your seats during the intermission if the performance includes one.
What is included with my Premium ticket for The Makropulos Case?
If I purchased Premium tickets, where can I collect my programme and my glass of champagne?
At the Opéra Bastille, you may pick up your programme in the main shop as well as at the programme stands located at the main entrance, 2nd floor, and 4th floor. You can choose to enjoy your glass of champagne before the performance or during intermission. Champagne will be available at public bars or in the exclusive Salon Berlioz. The Salon is located on the first floor, at the right of the entrance to the Opéra Bastille. It is accessible by elevator or by stairs.
I bought Premium tickets for The Makropulos Case and I haven’t received them yet. Is this normal?
Yes, it’s completely normal! As the Premium tickets for The Makropulos Case include exclusive add-ons, your order will first be created as a pre-booking so that the Opéra de Paris can assign your seats and prepare your exclusive package. You may see a pre-charge on your card, but you can rest assured that we will not charge your card until the booking is validated by the Opéra de Paris. After the tickets are validated, you will receive your tickets by email. Given the large number of requests the Opéra de Paris has to manage, this process usually takes two days, but can take up to six days maximum. If your order has not been validated after six days, it will be cancelled, the pre-charge will disappear, and you will not be charged.
How do I know if my seats are next to each other?
Tickets of the same category that are booked during the same purchase session in the same booking order on our website are always assigned side by side. To be sure of this, make sure all of your tickets are in the same category and are included in your shopping cart at the time of purchase.
At the Paris Opera, the seats are assigned in odd numbers or even numbers. Therefore, if your tickets are consecutive odd numbers or even numbers (For example: 1, 3, 5,...), they will be adjacent.
If there are no available adjacent seating arrangements, our customer service team will contact you before the booking is confirmed.