"Count Ory is a real singer's concert. The three main characters – apart from Ory, Countess Adèle and the page Isolier sing difficult but beautiful arias, duets and the closing trio. The work is one of Rossini's best, and it's a real opera treat for audiences," said the director Robert Kružík.
"The opera's story is very witty and contemporary. Its timelessness leaves space to interpret human relationships. Our story is set in the French countryside of the 1950s, an era that is closer to us than the Crusades of the Middle Ages," said the director Lenka Flory, explaining her approach.
They were able to find two wonderful performers for the main role – the Hungarian tenor György Hanczár, and one of the most talked about young Czech singers, Petr Nekoranec. He arrived towards the final phase of the production's preparation and audiences can look forward to seeing him on 28 May, 1 June, and 29 September 2017 as part of a guest ensemble at the Opera 2017 festival at the Estates' Theatre in Prague.
The role of the charming Adéle, whose favour everyone is striving for, is taken on by Kateřina Kněžíková and Jana Šrejma Kačírková. Isolier is played by both Lenka Čermáková and Václava Krejčí Housková. There are also performances by Markéta Cukrová, Jana Hrochová, Igor Loškár, Roman Hoza, David Nykl and Boris Prýgl.
Following the Friday premiere at the Mahen Theatre, the National Theatre Brno is offering four more repeat performances until the end of this current season. More performances are planned from September 2017.