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Jan. 26 2013

02/02/13 – Le Comte Ory – 1PM

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Metropolitan Opera

Le Comte Ory by Gioachino Rossini
Libretto by Eugène Scribe and Charles-Gaspard Delestre-Poirson

Sung in French
Approximate running time:  2 hrs. 48 min., including 1 intermission

comteory“As the lecherous Count Ory, tenor Juan Diego Florez repeated the virtuoso performance he gave two seasons ago. His unique combination of slightly goofy charm, deft comic timing, and prodigious vocal agility made him downright irresistible” (AP).

Pretty Yende made a memorable debut as Countess Adèle. “It’s easy to see why this gifted and ingratiating performer is causing such a stir. Her voice has a lovely silvery sparkle to it, her manner onstage is relaxed yet commanding — and as for looks, her first name scarcely does her justice.” (AP)

The New York Times says, “Her voice has a luminous sheen combined with steely resolve that powers both her clarion top notes and her outstandingly rich low register. She delivered some of the most difficult coloratura passages with scintillating precision… She took her curtain call amid a storm of bravos, whistles and whoops.”

Cast/Crew

Conductor: Maurizio Benini

Countess Adèle: Pretty Yende
Isolier: Karine Deshayes
Ragonde: Susanne Resmark
Count Ory: Juan Diego Flórez
Raimbaud: Nathan Gunn
The Tutor: Nicola Ulivieri

Production: Bartlett Sher
Set Designer: Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer: Catherine Zuber
Lighting Designer: Brian MacDevitt

Photos by Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

 

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