Rossini: Le Comte Ory – Met Live in HD (2-DVD) – Juan Diego Flórez, Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato

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Rossini: Le Comte Ory – Met Live in HD (2-DVD) – Juan Diego Flórez, Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato

Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Artists: Juan Diego Flórez, Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, Stéphane Degout, Monica Yunus, Susanne Resmark, Michele Pertusi, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus
Conductor: Maurizio Benini
Director: Bartlett Sher
Format: NTSC
Language: French
Subtitles: English
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 2
Studio: Virgin Classics
DVD Release Date: April 3, 2012
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In spring 2011, the first-ever performances at New York’s Metropolitan Opera of Rossini’s comedic masterpiece brought standing ovations and critical acclaim. The spectacular trio of Juan Diego Flórez, Diana Damrau, and Joyce DiDonato ignited vocal and theatrical fireworks.

Le Comte Ory tells the story of a libidinous and cunning nobleman who disguises himself first as a hermit and then as a nun (“Sister Colette”) in order to gain access to the virtuous Countess Adele, whose brother is away at the Crusades. The 2011 Met production was directed by the Tony Award-winning Broadway director Bartlett Sher, who in recent years has also staged Il barbiere di Siviglia and Les Contes d’Hoffman for the Met. Sher presented the action as an opera within an opera, updated the action by a few centuries and gave the costume designer, Catherine Zuber, the opportunity to create some particularly extravagant headgear.

Juan Diego Florez starred as the title role while Diana Damrau played his love interest, Countess Adele, and Joyce DiDonato was in breeches as his pageboy Isolier. The trio had appeared in Sher’s production of Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia. Conducted with verve and finesse by Rossini specialist Maurizio Benini, the production also features the stylish French baritone Stéphane Degout as Ory’s bibulous conspirator Raimbaud (quite a change from his previous Met role – Debussy’s gentle Pelleas), charismatic Italian bass Michele Pertusi as the Count’s long-suffering Tutor, and, formidable as Adele’s housekeeper Ragonde, the Swedish dramatic mezzo Susanne Resmark.


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