Bitter Immortality: Janacek's 'Makropulos Case'

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THE HIT SINGLE: "Now I Am Certain"

The opera's final scene belongs to Emilia Marty (soprano Angela Denoke). She begins by saying "Now I am certain that death has touched me," and goes on to declare that "Dying or living? It's all the same." She then renounces the formula that has kept her alive for 300 years and hands the document to Kristina, who burns it as Elina collapses and dies.