A most wonderful MET Live in HD day to everyone!
Today's Metropolitan opera performance? Gioachino Rossini's Le Comte Ory. A most enjoyable comedy presented by The Metropolitan Opera.
It's an opera composed by an Italian, sang in French and performed by a cast consisting of a Peruvian, German, American, Swede, French, and Italian operatic talents.
|Countess Adèle (Diana Damrau), Isolier (Joyce DiDonato) and Count Ory (Juan Diego Flórez)|
- Men off fighting in the Crusades leaving the women alone at the mercy of one particular womanizing Count Ory.
- He desires the Countess Adele who has sworn no men into the castle until the troops return home.
- Count Ory and friend Raimbaud concoct devious plan. Count Ory disguises as "hermit" to get attention of the ladies with aim to gain private audience with Countess Adele.
- All goes well until Ory's page Isolier and tutor seek out Count Ory who they find up to no good. Isolier has hots for Countess too.
- Count Ory's guise unmasked. Now for "Plan B".
- Count Ory gains entrance into castle with his men disguised as nuns seeking shelter from the storm outside.
- All goes well until, once again Isolier and Countess Adele see the con.
- They play trick on Count Ory by turning off the lights in the boudoir and using the Countesses voice to lure the Count towards Isolier instead.
- Trumpets sound that troops are returning home and force the Count to run.
- Isolier wins and identifies his identity to the Count. Count Ory scrams.
Once again, the MET pulled together a most magnificent production! What can I say? The music, the costumes, the singing and storyline added up to nothing short of a perfect 10 production! Hmm... maybe an eleven?
Hi-dee hi-dee only-three-more-MET-Live-in-HD-performances-remain-for-the-season-ho my friend.