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Rossini: Le Comte Ory / Benini, Florez, Damrau, DiDonato [2 DVD]

Album Summary

>Rossini, Gioachino : Le Comte Ory, opera
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Le Comte tells the story of a libidinous and cunning nobleman who disguises himself first as a hermit and then as a nun in order to gain access at the Crusades. the 2011 Met production was directed by the Tony Awarrd-winning Broadway director Bartlett Sher, who in recent years has also staged I1 barbiere di Siviglia and Les Contes d'Hoffmann for the Met. Sher presented the action as an opera within an opera, updating the action by free centuries and giving the costume designer, Catherine Zuber, the opportunity to create some particularly extravagant headgear. Juan Diego Florez starred as the title role while Diana Damrau plays his love interest, Countess Adele, and Joyce DiDonato was in breeches as his pageboy Isolier. The trio has appeared in Sher's production of Rossini's I1 barbiere di Siviglia.

"The terrific cast was headed by the tenor Juan Diego Flórez as Ory, who spends much of the first act disguised as a hermit and much of the second impersonating a nun, all in an absurd attempt to ensnare a resistant young countess, Adèle. The soprano Diana Damrau brought her lustrous, agile coloratura soprano voice, and charisma galore, to Adèle. The superb mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato sang Isolier, Ory’s savvy page, who also yearns for Adèle’s love and winds up winning it, or so it seems at the end of this farcical yet emotionally multilayered opera." -New York Times

"It is rare to see artists so clearly at the prime of their careers at once on stage. Truely, this alone was worth the price of admission... In all, an enjoyable production of fine opera with some incredible performances. Will we go back? With this cast, any day." -Family Circle

BBC Music Magazine
Sher's production is wise, witty and completely faithful to the spirit of the piece...Damrau is peerless, giving a bravura comic performance made from winks and nudges, heavy theatrical sighing and a heaving bosom. Rossini's music might have been written for her diamond-bright coloratura and gravity-defying top notes. Joyce DiDonato is equally fine...And who could ask for a more winning Ory than Juan Diego Florez?...Delicious.

Gramophone Magazine
Not since Juan Oncina at Glyndebourne in the 1950s has there been a singer better able to cope with the phallocentric Count's stratospheric billings and cooings than Juan Diego Florez. Diana Damrau, a coloratura possessed of breeding as well as presence, makes a superb Countess Adele, and the irrepressible Joyce DiDonato gives a properly testosterone-fuelled performance...Benini directs the Met's Rolls Royce pit band with brisk efficiency.

International Record Review
What a cast the Met has put together!...[Florez is] handsome, sly and tonally easy...[Damrau] acts with just the right oxymoronic ladylike lust...there seems to be nothing [DiDonato's] voice cannot do and she moves as if she owns the stage...Benini managed to keep the many disparate parts together and leads with great consideration for the singers.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 165 min.
Region: 1
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color


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Works Details

>Rossini, Gioachino : Le Comte Ory, opera
  • Performers: Diana Damrau (Soprano); Diana Damrau (Soprano); Stéphane Degout (Baritone); Stéphane Degout (Baritone); Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Juan Flórez (Tenor); Juan Flórez (Tenor); Michele Pertusi (Bass-Baritone); Michele Pertusi (Bass-Baritone); Susanne Resmark (Mezzo Soprano); Susanne Resmark (Mezzo Soprano); Monica Yunus (Soprano); Monica Yunus (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Maurizio Benini
  • Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1828