Comic Opera by Gioachino Rossini
Sunday, 12 December 2021, 7:00 pm
Take an Italian opera buffa, add new ingredients, flavour the whole thing with a dash of French coquetry and elegance, and violà: you have a sparkling new comic opera. This is what happened in Paris in 1828 when Rossini created his next-to-last stage work Le comte Ory, drawing on his royal coronation opera Il viaggio a Reims. The result was a brilliant comedy about the amorous adventures of Count Ory, complete with a musical thunderstorm, drinking bouts and an “ill-starred” love trio.
Le comte Ory
Brenda Rae, Soprano
Evgeniya Sotnikova, Soprano
Rachel Frenkel, Mezzo-Soprano
Helene Schneiderman, Mezzo-Soprano
Lawrence Brownlee, Tenor
Roberto De Candia, Baritone
Bavarian Radio Chorus
Munich Radio Orchestra
Speranza Scappucci, Direction
The title role of Count Ory requires a tenor who can do the impossible, so to speak. He needs supreme lyrical qualities, great agility and a feeling for Italian bel canto and the special French timbre in equal measure. The American tenor Lawrence Brownlee has all this and more. Ory’s adored Adèle is sung by the American soprano Brenda Rae, who, like her compatriot, has made a name for herself on both sides of the Atlantic. An interesting figure among internationally successful female conductors is the Italian Speranza Scappucci.
Advance ticket sales will begin at 9 am on Tuesday, November 23, 2021.