Belfast Telegraph

Comedy opera cooks up a Storm

By Philip hammond

Storm Cinema, Odyssey, Pavilion Belfast Tomorrow, 6pm

The Odyssey’s Storm Cinema continues its thrilling association with the Metropolitan Opera House in New York with a live performance of Rossini’s opera, Le Comte Ory, beamed directly to the cinema from one of the most famous houses in the world.

Rossini’s vocally dazzling romantic comedy has been described as “one of the wittiest, most stylish and most urbane of all comic operas” and stars Peruvian Bel Canto sensation Juan Diego Flórez in the title role of this Met premiere production.

He vies with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, in the trouser role of Isolier, for the love of the lonely Countess Adèle, sung by soprano Diana Damrau.

Set in Touraine, during the Crusades, Le Comte Ory was written in 1828 and first performed at the Paris opera the same year. Some of the music originates from his opera, Il Viaggio a Reims, written three years earlier for the coronation of Charles X.

Bartlett Sher, director of the Met’s hit productions of The Barber Of Seville and The Tales Of Hoffmann, describes the world of the opera as “a place where love is dangerous. People get hurt. That can be very funny and very painful. Rossini captures both — with the most beautiful love music Rossini ever wrote”.

Maurizio Benini, Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, Susanne Resmark, Juan Diego Flórez, Stéphane Degout, Michele Pertusi also star in the production.

Tickets: £20 available from Odyssey Storm Cinemas: 028 90739134. or visit:

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