The Glyndebourne Festival Opera production was my benchmark of The Makropulos Case (that upside down piano marking time). This production at San Francisco Opera was certainly very well produced. The messy library and the real time clock made the production timeless. Nadja Michael as Emilia Marty was very good - her deep / mark mezzo done suggested her age (of 337) while the ring at the top added flamboyance. The rest of the male cast was adequate - considering Leoš Janáček was never kind to tenors.
The string section of the orchestra was struggling with both rhythm and pitch - all sounded a little scratchy for my liking. Mikhail Tatarnikov held it all together in the pit.