The last opera premiere in Brno: Terribly human anxiety and an evening for Jana Šrejma Kačírková – this sums up the first beautiful response to the final opera premiere of the season, the production Three Fragments from Juliette / The Human Voice by director David Radok and conductor Marko Ivanović. The impressive performances of all the actors were appreciated by the audience with a standing ovation.
From the reviews:
National Theatre Brno put on an impressive production which could only be forgotten in the case of acute memory loss.
At every single present moment, the informal pair are surrounded by a realistic interior (stage set by David Radok). However, it changes over time in its nuances and fine chiaroscuro details. Only few of the episodic characters which Martinů left in the Fragments enter this environment, but they disrupt the personal space of both of the main characters in a chillingly matter-of-fact way. Who is the fool here? Juliette? The merchant who behaves here as if he were at home? Or you?
Under David Radok´s direction, The Human Voice was presented as a continuous, painful, passionate and resigned monologue which lasts for 45 minutes while never lacking in dramatic tension, intensity and psychological depth even for an instant.
At every moment, Magnus Vigilius and Jana Šrejma Kačírková use every ounce of their stance, appearance and voice to communicate via a performance that you will find hard to analyse and disassemble into the individual components of opera acting but will easily knock you on your back. Vocally they are both masterful. The same is true of Roman Hoza, who I have never seen spread such dangerous chills through the air around him before (and who would expect that from a Seller of Memories?). Josef Škarka and Eva Novotná were also excellent. And finally the orchestra, which under the admirable, accurate and energetic leadership of Marko Ivanović laid down an amazingly colourful foundation for this whole musical and dramatic experience.