Already Friedrich von Schiller’s German Tudor-drama Maria Stuart sees the Count of Leicester politically and emotionally between the rivalling Queens of England and Scottland which is also the case in the Belcanto-opera with this plot. In his 1835 musical version of the Schiller-drama, Donizetti even aggravated the triangular relationship musically which transforms the Count of Leicester, civically named Robert Dudley, even more into an ambivalent stage-character. The absolutely demanding tenor-part is sometimes mistaken as just the linchpin of the altercation between the royal Belcanto-heroines. However, this is exactly what makes the creation of such a character a special challenge.
Lucian Krasznec meets this challenge when making his role-debut within the Munich new-production of Donizetti’s opera. He already made his first Donizetti-experience in Dortmund some years ago receiving excellent reviews for his Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore.The specialised press praised his “radiant timbre” (Opernnetz) as well as his “highly cultivated piano and brilliance” (Ruhr-Nachrichten) calling him a “heart-warming tenor” (WAZ). Lucian Krasznec can be seen and heard as Roberto, conte di Leicester in Maria Stuarda for the first time at the opening-night of the Munich Gärtnerplatztheater-production on March 22nd, 2018.