May 9, 2021

Le Comte Ory at Essex Library Sept 24

Juan Diego Flórez as Count Ory (disguised as the nun) and Diana Damrau as Countess Adèle in Rossini’s “Le Comte Ory.” Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Enjoy the Metropolitan Opera’s lively production of Rossini’s romantic farce Le Comte Ory starring Juan Diego Florez, Diana Damrau and Joyce DiDonato at Essex Library’s Monday Afternoon At the Opera, September 24 at 2 PM. Directed by Tony-award winner Bartlett Sher, this light-hearted romp stars Florez as the Don Juan-like Comte, who disguises himself first as a hermit, then as a nun, to get close to the virtuous Countess Adele (Diana Damrau).  The New York Times raved about  Damrau’s “lustrous, agile coloratura soprano voice, and charisma galore” and how Joyce DiDonato, playing the trouser role of the Comte’s page Isolier, ” sang with plush sound and impeccable passagework, sent top notes soaring and conveyed all the swagger of a smitten page.” This screening  is  free and open to all. The Essex Library is at 33 West Avenue; you may register for this program by calling the Library at 869-767-1560.