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"The only opera that ends in a ménage à trois"

After seeing the HD Met broadcast of Rossini’s Le Comte Ory today, I see what Joyce DiDonato was talking about:

Oh glory!  And what I wouldn’t give to  be in that bed handle those costumes

Diana Damrau as the Countess Adèle (I have a huge crush on this woman)

"Sister Collette" (aka Juan Diego Florez as the Comte Ory in a nun disguise) feels up the taken-aback Adèle

Add to this potent concoction of Amazing some leather and some chemistry…

Joyce DiDonato as Isolier, the Comtes page and romantic rival (gratuitous leather included)

DiDonato: "What can I say? Its chemistry." She gives Damrau a smoldering look; Damrau giggles flirtatiously. Damrau: "We love each other." DiDonato then grabs Damrau around the waist and swaggers off, both of them giggling and whispering to each other. Best HD intermission interview ever.

And you end up with some pretty incredible staging to support what Renee Fleming aptly referred to as nearly three hours of  “vocal pyrotechnics”.  The above youtube clip isn’t as vocally perfect as the performance I saw today, but it certainly exemplifies the playfulness of this production!  I desperately hope the HD broadcast is released on DVD; given that Le Comte Ory has never before been performed on the Met stage, I figure it’s got a chance.  After all, the 2010-2011 season productions of Aida and Turandot are available from Target.  (From Target!)  Anyway, do a hopeful dance that sometime soon we may all be able to see this again.  And again.  And again.

"The hills are aliiii-i-i-I-I-I-i-i-i-i-IIIIIIIIIIVE!"

Incidentally, Florez’s first child was born less than an hour before today’s performance and he was there to participate in the delivery.  I am so happy for him and his wife!  What a day.


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