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Rossini: Le Comte Ory [Yijie Shi, Lorenzo Regazzo, Laura Plverelli, Roberto De Candia] [Blu-ray] [2014]

Yijie Shi , Lorenzo Regazzo    Exempt   Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Yijie Shi, Lorenzo Regazzo, Laura Plverelli, Roberto De Candia, María José Moreno
  • Format: Classical, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Arthaus
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Feb 2014
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HM2D696
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,402 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Gioachino Rossini
Le Comte Ory

Live recording from the Rossini Opera Festival 2009

Yijie Shi
Lorenzo Regazzo
Laura Polverelli
Roberto De Candia
María José Moreno
Natalia Gavrilan
Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna

Conductor Paolo Carignani
Stage Director Lluís Pasqual

Written in French in 1828 for the Paris Opéra, Le Comte Ory has maintained its success to this day. Re-using some of the music of his Viaggio a Reims, Rossini turns the disguise-based libretto into a spirited play of erotic lightness. Lluís Pasqual's witty and clever production was recorded at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. The dynamic, international young cast is headed by tenor Yijie Shi in the title role, Laura Polverelli as his astute page and María José Moreno as Countess Adèle. Paolo Carignani conducts with verve and brio.

Special Feature: Making Of Le Comte Ory in Pesaro

DVD Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1
Blu Ray Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master Audio 5.1
Picture Format: 16:9
DVD Format: DVD 9 / NTSC
Subtitle Languages: FR (Original Language), GB, DE, ES, IT, JP, Korean / DE, GB, FR (Bonus)
Running Time: 134 mins + 26 mins Bonus
FSK: 0
Region Code: 0/Worldwide

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like buses - three at once! 5 Feb 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
For years we only had the excellent Glyndebourne production of Le Comte Ory on DVD, now in a short space of time there are three new ones – the Met, Pesaro and Zurich.

I am quite sure that traditionalists will hate this production, although it uses basically the same play-within-a-play concept as the Met. I’m really not sure why directors are so fond of this concept – it’s greatly overused and never works for me – I always feel that it just places an additional barrier between the audience and the characters. In the Met production, the opera was framed as a performance in an 18th century theatre. Here we have a group of guests in a Belle Epoque “Grand Hotel” indulging in some after-dinner amateur theatricals. The direction is much more skillful and stylish than the ham-fisted and inept Met production, however I really don’t think it’s an improvement over the original, and it’s not funny at all – unless you find the sight of oversized boxer shorts hysterical. Another problem is that the staging is very dark – it probably looked very good live in the theatre, but doesn’t film well.

Musically, however, things are a lot better. There are no starry names in this version, but an excellent ensemble cast of Pesaro stalwarts, all of whom acquit themselves very well. Paulo Carignani conducts with “verve and brio” as it says on the box.
All in all, I preferred this to the Met version, which I found heavy handed and naff. My favourite is still Glyndebourne, which despite its age and some musical imperfections captures the real spirit of the opera and is genuinely funny.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well played but not as funny as it ought to be 11 Feb 2014
By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
It is very hard to take Le Comte Ory seriously, but as it's a comedy, there's no reason why you should. In the case of this 2009 Rossini Opera Festival production however, the director Lluís Pasqual unfortunately feels the need to impose a structure on the work and a distancing device of a play-within-a-play that is neither meaningful nor sympathetic to the comedy. Fortunately, despite the casting here not being as stellar as you might expect for quite demanding roles, the Pesaro production at least works very well musically and in terms of the singing.

Evidently then, the 2009 Rossini Opera Festival production isn't set during the time of the Crusades but rather, for no apparent reason, takes place in the Grand Hotel Rossini during the Belle Epoque on a set that looks more like La Traviata, with much of the action taking place on a billiard table and there not being any real effort put into making all the disguising and dressing up even half-way convincing. According to the booklet that comes with the DVD/BD release, the explanation for this is that the story of Le Comte Ory is being put on as a parlour game by a theatre group in order to explore their own erotic fantasies. You wouldn't know this otherwise, but even when you do know it, it still seems like a pointless conceit, particularly as the director seems to have forgotten that the work is actually supposed to be a comedy.

What the Belle Epoque setting does however, perhaps inadvertently, is actually emphasise the elegance and sophistication of Rossini's brilliant compositional skills. The score is sympathetically conducted in this respect by Paolo Carignani.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well played but not as funny as it ought to be 11 Feb 2014
By Keris Nine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
It is very hard to take Le Comte Ory seriously, but as it's a comedy, there's no reason why you should. In the case of this 2009 Rossini Opera Festival production however, the director Lluís Pasqual unfortunately feels the need to impose a structure on the work and a distancing device of a play-within-a-play that is neither meaningful nor sympathetic to the comedy. Fortunately, despite the casting here not being as stellar as you might expect for quite demanding roles, the Pesaro production at least works very well musically and in terms of the singing.

Evidently then, the 2009 Rossini Opera Festival production isn't set during the time of the Crusades but rather, for no apparent reason, takes place in the Grand Hotel Rossini during the Belle Epoque on a set that looks more like La Traviata, with much of the action taking place on a billiard table and there not being any real effort put into making all the disguising and dressing up even half-way convincing. According to the booklet that comes with the DVD/BD release, the explanation for this is that the story of Le Comte Ory is being put on as a parlour game by a theatre group in order to explore their own erotic fantasies. You wouldn't know this otherwise, but even when you do know it, it still seems like a pointless conceit, particularly as the director seems to have forgotten that the work is actually supposed to be a comedy.

What the Belle Epoque setting does however, perhaps inadvertently, is actually emphasise the elegance and sophistication of Rossini's brilliant compositional skills. The score is sympathetically conducted in this respect by Paolo Carignani. Unsurprisingly, since it is mostly derived from Il Viaggio a Reims (a delightful work that was until relatively recently believed entirely lost), it moves at a spirited pace with a musical style that is indeed sparkling with elegance, cleverness and wit. Although they aren't given much support from the director and are no match for the incredible singing in the Met production, the singing is also very good. Chinese tenor Yijie Shi has the right kind of voice for high and lyrical Rossini roles like this. If you close your eyes, at times you could swear you're listening to Juan Diego Flórez, albeit not with the same force. Laura Polverelli is a fine Isolier and María José Moreno brings the necessary elegance and charm to her Comtesse Adèle.

The BD includes a 26-minute Making of made up of interviews and behind-the-scenes rehearsals. As usual the irrepressible Alberto Zedda, the artistic director of the Rossini Opera Festival, provides some insightful comments on the work and its place among Rossini's operas. Subtitles on the BD are in French, English, German, Spanish, Italian and Korean.
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely done but not the very best 31 May 2014
By Daniel Conway - Published on Amazon.com
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If it weren't for the very stiff competition, this production of Le Comte Ory would be worthy of much praise. And it is praiseworthy! Unfortunately, the Met, Glyndeborne and Opern-Haus Zurich have each in their own way outpaced the good-to-great singing actors in this Prague Chamber Choir production. If you are a collector and need to have all four currently available versions of this once forgotten (and long neglected) masterpiece by Rossini, you will be pleased to add this production. But if you only want the very best, you must choose between the Met and Zurich, and that will not be an easy choice.
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