Rossini's Le Comte Ory from Geneva

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Rossini's 'Le Comte Ory' from the Grand Theatre of Geneva in Switzerland. Rossini's Le Comte Ory from the Grand Theatre of Geneva in Switzerland. (Vincent Lepresle/GTG)

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Rossini's opera Le Comte Ory is based on a medieval ballad about randy knights set loose in a convent. This version of the story is a bit more polite, with the nuns turned into a castle full of faithful wives, chastely awaiting the return of their husbands.

Host Lisa Simeone presents this production of Le Comte Ory from Switzerland's Grand Theatre of Geneva. The stars are tenor Antonis Koroneos as the devious Count Ory, and soprano Silvia Vázquez as Adele, the object of the Count's lascivious schemes, along with mezzo-soprano Monica Bacelli as Isolier, the clever page whose insights leave Ory running for his life. The production is led by conductor Paolo Arrivabeni.

Cast:

Conductor: Paolo Arrivabeni

Countess Adele: Silvia Vázquez (soprano)

Count Ory: Antonis Koroneos (tenor)

Isolier: Monica Bacelli (mezzo-soprano)

Raimbaud: Jean-Francois Lapointe (baritone)

Ragonde: Isabelle Henriquez (mezzo-soprano)

Alice: Bénédicte Tauran

Grand Theatre Chorus

Suisse Romande Orchestra

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