The 300-year-old diva is, of course, the elusive and mysterious Emilia Marty in Janacek's extraordinary opera The Makropulos Case and for Roocroft it marks the continuation of an incredible journey at English National Opera where the best of her recent work has been seen.
She won an Olivier Award for her portrayal of Janacek's Jenufa - a performance so powerful, so full of compassion, that it totally belied the fact that Roocroft had decided to call it a day once that contract was fulfilled. Happily she reconsidered - and in this exclusive audio podcast she talks to Edward Seckerson about her crisis of confidence, about fame, about being a single mum with three sons, about how she can now look forward to choosing what she does and where she does it wisely and with the benefit of hindsight. She has one or two surprises in store. In the meantime, Emilia Marty will choose between an eternity of growing old disgracefully or calling it a day herself.
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