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A Scene from Rossini's Le Comte Ory with Juan Diego Florez in the title role.(Photo: The Metropolitan Opera)
A Scene from Rossini's Le Comte Ory with Juan Diego Florez in the title role.(Photo: The Metropolitan Opera)

Not to steal Christopher Purdy’s thunder (and who could, anyway?), but this story was impossible to resist.  I’m certain he’ll chime in.

According to the New York Times, it seems The Metropolitan Opera asked scholar and editor Philip Gossett (an expert on early 19th-century Italian opera) to write program notes for this weekend’s production of Gioacchino Rossini’s opera Le Comte Ory.

Mr. Gossett refused. Why? He thinks The Met is using a “butchered” version of Rossini’s score (the version that is traditionally performed) and should be using a newly revised version that had it’s premiere at the Zurich Opera three months back.

Frankly, I think THIS story would make a pretty good opera!

If you’re not offended by the “butchered” version of Rossini’s score, you can listen to the broadcast of Le Comte Ory this Saturday afternoon on Classical 101.

Here’s a preview:

Comments
  • Christopher Purdy

    All I can tell you that not a good but a fantastic time was had by all at the Met HD of Le comte d’Ory this past Saturday. The news that Juan Diego Florez had become a father for the first time 45 minutes before curtain rise gave an extra happy dash to the proceedings. Would the opera and the singing be more enjoyable if Mr. Gossett’s editions had been used? Dunno. Probably, since Florez, Damrau and DiDonato were impeccable. If they were given MORE to sing-great! Gossett’s book ‘Divas and Scholars’ is a marvelous read-I learned a great deal from it. Still, I love what Ory we all did see, new papa, coloratura pyrotechnics, and all.