Last night, March 24, the stars came out to celebrate the Metropolitan Opera gala premiere of Rossini's Le Comte Ory at Lincoln Center.
Rossini's vocally dazzling comedy soars with 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. Bartlett Sher, director of the Met's Popular Productions of IL Barbiere di Siviglia and Les Contes d'Hoffmann, describes the world of Le Comte Ory 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 he ever wrote."
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BroadwayWorld brings you red carpet coverage of the opening below.
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Julianna Margulies and Keith Lieberthal
Rufus Wainwright and Jorn Weisbrodt