Le Comte Ory   (Lopez-Cobos;  Juan Diego Florez, Miles, Pratico)   (2-DG 0002923)
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Le Comte Ory   (Lopez-Cobos;  Juan Diego Florez, Miles, Pratico)   (2-DG 0002923)
OP0859. LE COMTE ORY (Rossini), Live Performance, 2003, Rossini Opera Festival, Bologna, w.Jesus Lopez-Cobos Cond. Juan Diego Florez, Alastair Miles, Bruno Pratico, Stefania Bonfadelli, etc. 2-DG 0002923, incl. 80pp. Libretto-Brochure. - 028947750208

CRITIC REVIEW:

"A great vehicle for its star, Juan Diego Florez, this beautifully engineered and nicely packaged live version of LE COMTE ORY from the 2003 Rossini Opera Festival is also a good all-around representation of the opera. Led by Jesus Lopez-Cobos, and featuring a solid cast, it strikes an effective balance between clean musical presentation and comic energy, and manages to be entertaining through most of its two hours. Florez's charismatic performance as the scheming Ory is the main reason to check out this DG release, and what elevates it from being just another good recording to a top consideration for this piece. His singing here is every bit as polished as can be heard on his more manicured solo recordings, with the same ringing tone and easy top range. Florez also reveals an incisive, take-charge musicianship that is easier to appreciate in the context of a complete opera. His coloratura is rock solid, his sense of line and style is perfect, and he lets the smile in his voice take care of the comedy instead of hamming it up. Stefania Bonfadelli tackles the rangy and often busy role of the Countess capably, though her voice is too heavy to be ideal for the part, and she often gets bogged down in passages of coloratura as a result. The dark-voiced Alastair Miles is entertaining and perfectly cast as Ory's stern Tutor. The rest of the cast contributes nicely, and the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna plays well under Lopez-Cobos. In the end, choosing this recording over the others available on the market comes down to taste, but Florez's world-class singing should at least put it near the top of the list."

- Allen Schrott, allmusic.com



“Jesús López-Cobos, a conductor with a multinational résumé who always retained a fondness for the music of his native Spain, was general music director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin from 1981 to 1990 and music director of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra in Switzerland from 1991 to 2000, among other positions. He conducted operas as well as orchestral works and made numerous recordings, although he always preferred live performances - partly, he once told an interviewer, because they lend themselves to imperfections. ‘Many times I tell musicians, ‘I don’t mind if there’s a mistake there’,’ he said. ‘I prefer that we have the feeling that we were doing real music, that we were really doing music together’.

After receiving his degree, he went to Vienna to study conducting and won some conducting prizes. He spent the 1969-70 academic year at the Juilliard School in New York, then went to Italy, where he assisted the Swiss conductor Peter Maag. In 1970, when Mr. Maag became ill, the baton fell to Mr. López-Cobos, who conducted THE MAGIC FLUTE as his opera debut.

He made his American conducting debut at the San Francisco Opera in 1972, and he first conducted the New York Philharmonic in 1982. He also conducted at Covent Garden in London, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, La Scala in Milan, the Kennedy Center in Washington and other famed halls.

In 1987 he took the Deutsche Oper Berlin to Japan with Wagner’s RING cycle; it was the first time the full cycle had been performed in that country. His tenure at Cincinnati included, in 1995, the orchestra’s first European tour since 1969.”

- Neil Genzlinger, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 7 March, 2018