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Rossini: Le Comte Ory [Metropolitan Opera, 2011] [DVD] [2012] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Juan Diego Florez, Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, Susanne Resmark, Maurizio Benini
  • Directors: Bartlett Sher
  • Format: Classical, Colour, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: Spanish, English, Italian, French, German
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: PLG UK Classics
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Mar. 2012
  • Run Time: 153 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006ZRAF0C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,460 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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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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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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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I cannot praise this performance of the Operatic Comedy by Rossini highly enough. Joyce DiDonato carries off her breeches role as the Page with convincing panache and bravura, whilst singing of course with her beautiful clear voice. She is an artist of amazing versatility if a comparison is drawn with her role of Maria Stuarda in the Donizetti Opera.
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.
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5 gold stars - I`d like to give it more. Florez, Damrau and DiDonato sang and acted supremely well, and the inter-action between their characters helped make the whole opera an almost believable experience - if such a farcical story can be believable!

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.
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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 supurb performance . Juan Diego Florez is excellent as Le Comte Ory and the rest of the cast is very good as well .The Glynebourne Festival Opera had done a recording some years ago which is on DVD . This Met recording is better by far .
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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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