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22 Sep 2010

The Makropulos Case, Coliseum, London

By Tim Ashley [The Guardian, 22 September 2010]

Though many would regard Amanda Roocroft as a variable artist, she has developed of late into a fine Janáček interpreter, turning in performances as Katya Kabanova at Glyndebourne and Jenůfa for English National Opera that have been remarkable for their emotional and theatrical veracity. For ENO's revival of Christopher Alden's 2006 production of The Makropulos Case, she adds Emilia Marty to her repertoire, and proves no less exceptional in what for many is the most complex role in the composer's output.

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