Imagine Boccaccio channeled by Monty Python and you'll have some idea of the hilarity of Wolf Trap Opera Company's production of Rossini's Le Comte Ory...The splendid 20-member cast revels in outrageous overacting and onstage wardrobe malfunctions. The set's angles and proportions are all wrong -- which is exactly right. See Le Comte Ory if you can. There's not a wrong note in the whole production.
Director Chuck Hudson seized on the silliness to create a steady stream of gags that were executed with considerable assurance...Lollipops, a sequined cod piece, self-flagellation, a flying cow, and a unicorn — just some of the diversions that complemented all the confident, stylish music-making.
The Wolf Trap Opera Company launched its impossibly entertaining version of Gioacchino Rossini's Le Comte Ory this past weekend, and it's a must-see...Positively vaudevillian. Director Chuck Hudson picks up the cue, crafting a production that seems, at times, like an outtake from "Spamalot" executed at breakneck speed...making this production a refreshing musical and comedic romp that can be savored by longtime opera fans as well as opera rookies searching for a painless point of entry.