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Rossini: Le Comte Ory [Metropolitan Opera, 2011] [DVD]  [NTSC]
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Metropolitan Opera chorus and orchestra
Maurizio Benini (musical direction) / Bartlett Sher (stage direction)
Diana Damrau (Comtesse Adèle)
Joyce Di Donato (Isolier)
Juan Diego Flórez (Comte Ory)
Susanne Resmark (Ragonde)
Michele Pertusi (Tutor)
Stéphane Degout (Raimbaud)
Recorded at the Metropolitan Opera, new York, 2011
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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!
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.
Diana Damrau is excellently cast as the beautiful Countess and highlights the humour of her role with pitch perfect histrionics.
Juan Diego Florez is of course excellent vocally, and brings a great deal of expressive tongue in cheek humour to his role as Le Comte Ory. He and the Male Chorus dressed as Nuns perform expert and hilarious dances during their plot to fool the Countess and enter the Castle. The three in a bed scene full of innuendo with the three principal actors is extremely well timed to the vocal expression.
The setting of an 18th Century stage managed by an ageing coordinator with all the theatrical mechanisms and effects operated by hand, is brilliant. Of course the Metropolitan Orchestra directed by Maurizio Benini realises the often rousing music of Rossini perfectly.
The staging was classy - unlike so many modern versions of operas. The Count played the role of cunning seducer, while oozing charm. The Countess looked and acted the part, and the Page pulled off this `breeches` role delightfully.
Rarely does one have an opportunity to see an opera where all 3 main characters are the best in the world. This is one of those rare occasions, and the supporting parts are also excellent.
Lastly, the music. Rossini never disappoints, and is the perfect composer for anyone wanting to listen to opera for the first time. The trio at the end of the opera is sublime. This work would be very good cd; as a dvd it is superb, as it is such a visual work.
I also have the Glyndebourne production on Minidisc from the Proms 1997. Very good but I prefer the Met production.
Charles Webb Pontypool
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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Opera at its best, with a stellar cast combining some of the very few who are worth listening these days. the production is a hoot, and the video keeps you glued to the screen.Published on 2 Aug. 2014 by L'Editeur
Excellent Juan Florez makes for me, great acting, singing, a humour.Published on 22 July 2014 by Michael John Littler
Musically not my favourite opera but cast and acting perfect for the type of singing needed. Enjoyed the production but it would not be on my top ten list.Published on 25 April 2014 by Maura Devine
Juan Diego Florez, Diana Damrau and JOyce DiDonato at their bests!!! Perfect performances all around. One just has to love it!Published on 5 Mar. 2014 by Sasha
Le Comte Ory is set in a French village during the Crusades. In his interview, Director Bart Sher says that he thought that to set his production in medieval times would be... Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2014 by David Garrett
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. Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2014 by A