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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 2 June 2012
Top quality, first rate performance! If you have not dipped your toe into the vibrant waters of opera before then this is perfect for encouraging you to swim at the deep end!
A wonderful comedy.. (yes, opera can be comical) French farce full of passion, deception, men dressed as nuns and some cheeky three in a bed action...all in good taste of course! Rossini does carry on! Juan Diego Florez - outstanding. Bravo!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2012
Gorgeous due to quality of cast and excellent performances and production. We are very lucky to have the possibility of acquiring a DVD on one of the most dazzling of Rossini's operas. When shall you do the same with Matilde di Shabran?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2012
The staging is rather unimaginative, with a few prop changes and crutained backdrop. Costumes are pretty good, and somewhat flambouyant. the cast in general excellent, I will expound, Diana Damrau is excellent as The Countess, and a delight to listen to. I can say the same of Joyce DiDonato. I cannot say the same for Florez, who usually can do no wrong for me, but he has not the sense of fun that I think this part requires, and for some of the flagship highnotes he is outgunned by orchestra and chorus. Susanne Resmark as Ragonde has an expressive face, which enhances her voice in this amusing role. Michele Pertusi is an also ran, and makes no impression, Stephane Degout as Raimbaud has quite a rich baritone and is well cast.
The whole production does however seem to miss the point, it should be played for amusement and laughs, but at times becomes too romantic. Many opportunities are missed by the stage restraints.
I shall be reviewing the Glyndebourne production shortly, which may not quite have the voices, but Marc Laho as Ory is more than a match for Florez in comedy and tone. The fun is milked with great stagings and excellent sets. It is my favoured choice.
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on 28 September 2012
While I haven't seen the DVD I saw the Met Comte Ory at the cinema in Monmouth so I suppose I qualify to review the splendid production and will place an order in about 10 mins. time. I thought the play within a play worked very well and the whole cast seemed to enjoy themselves. The principals were (are ) all in great voice, and despite some small reservations about the 3 -in- a - bed scene I don't see how anyone can fail to enjoy this production.
I also have the Glyndebourne production on Minidisc from the Proms 1997. Very good but I prefer the Met production.
Charles Webb Pontypool
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This is a very difficult opera to cast as it requires 3 top class coloratura singers. The MET couldn't have picked a better 3 than is on this DVD. The chemistry between Diana Damrau and Joyce Didonato is electric. Joyce is by far my favourite singer at the moment. She excels in everything she does. The comic timing of the 3 main characters is spot on in what is essentially a comedy. So much opera is about death and tragedy et al, it is refreshing to have a laugh for a change. Would highly recommend this to anyone interested in singing at its best.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 26 October 2012
This is a delightful production of an enchanting opera. But I have a question aimed at lazy producer Virgin: Where is the Blu-ray? And that question can be asked about all your other releases of live MET and Covent Garden performances over the past couple of years. We are soon entering 2013. Blu-rays are simply gorgeous to watch and listen to. I do not want to spend one more cent on DVDs. Wake up, Virgin! You are the only label which has not yet entered the wonderful world of Blu-ray!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 27 April 2012
The story of this opera was set in the time of the Crusades, when all men gone out on military expeditions, leaving only women behind to wail and lament...But then, there is that son of a duke of something, a certain Count of Ory, who is nothing more than a libertine without any scruples...
You can imagine what a outdated background such is for modern viewers!
So this MET production has this 'historical' thing set as a play within a play, just to be a bit more convincing to modern viewers.
Nevermind that - the musical cast is excellent.
I totally disgree that Florez is disappointing in any way - his performance is utterly convincing, and truly terrific. This MET production is his reprisal of Ory's role since his debut at Pesaro more than a decade ago, and he is in excellent vocal form.
Partnering him, the magnificient German coloratura soprano Diana Damrau gave a truly insinuating interpretation of Adele. This Adele is not a medieval simpleton: as a play within a play, this Adele is a feigned virgin, a dressed-up saint. At heart, she wants men - no matter Ory, or cousin Isolier, she wants men for amusement and fun. Damrau is vocally superb in this performance, with her timbre getting fuller and richer since the birth of her son in 2010. It is her acting, however, that is the high point of this production.
Joyce Didonato's Isolier is also a sterling performance, though in a trouser role, she is handicapped by missing out the full stage glamour afforded to Damrau, who looks surprisingly like a young Meryl Streep.
This one even surpasses the earlier Glydebourne performance with the wonderful Annick Massis and Ludovic Tezier.
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on 9 March 2013
If you enjoy Rossini operas, this is a staging which is an absolute "Must Have:Must See". Superbly sung, superbly directed, it is one of the most enjoyable productions of this particular opera I have ever seen. - and the singing is "out of this world"!! I have bought it and sent it to friends who have not heard of the opera, and they were "bowled over" by it.
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on 23 October 2014
Rossini: Le Comte Ory.
I bought this as I was singing in a Comunity Opera that was produing this work. So I am not a connoisseur of either opera or Rossini. It sounds beautiful, and of course it felt very famiiar to me! Recommended!
Rita Craft, London.
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on 2 January 2014
Humour, drama, excellent acting and the singing out of this world (mostly). The only weakness was the bass who had neither the timbre or range for the job. Cannot fault his acting though.
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