Sung in French
When Cecilia Bartoli makes her stage entrance in this Zurich Opera production of Gioachino Rossini’s Le Comte Ory, one can hardly believe that this prim and proper countess is really her. But when she starts singing, it is clear that we have the passionate powerhouse of bel canto before us. The title role, however, is that of Mexican tenor Javier Camarena as Count Ory, who stands out not only with his sensitive voice, but also proves a witty stage presence. Set by stage directors Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier in 1960s France, the production subtly delineates the underlying theme of sexual repression and frustration; but more than anything, it is pure, unadulterated fun.
Approximate running time 140 minutes. Sung in French.
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