Comic Opera in two acts (concertante performance) by Gioachino Rossini
Sunday, 26 April 2020, 7:00 pm
Le comte Ory
Hera Hyesang Park, Soprano (La comtesse Adèle)
Rachel Frenkel, Mezzo-Soprano
Evgeniya Sotnikova, Soprano
Helene Schneiderman, Mezzo-Soprano
Lawrence Brownlee, Tenor
Misha Kiria, Baritone
Roberto De Candia, Baritone
Bavarian Radio Chorus
Munich Radio Orchestra
Direction, Ivan Repušić
Take an Italian opera buffa, add new ingredients and refine it with a charmingly frivolous French frisson. Et voilà: The result is comic opera at its best. This happened in Paris in 1828, when Rossini composed his penultimate work for the lyric stage, Le Comte Ory. It is a brilliant comedy about the amorous adventures of Count Ory, including thunderstorm and drinking scenes, and a “thwarted” love trio.
The title role of Count Ory requires a tenor whose singing can square the musical circle. What is needed are lyrical qualities and great vocal agility, as well as a feeling for Italian bel canto and the unique French vocal timbre. The American Lawrence Brownlee has all this to offer. The sparkling coloratura of South Korean soprano Hera Hyesang Park thrilled audiences in the 2018 performance of Rossini’s Sigismondo with the Munich Radio Orchestra. In Le Comte Ory she plays the role of the Countess Adèle, who is adored by the hero.