Le Comte Ory: Wolf Trap Opera

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Composed by Gioacchino Rossini
Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
Conductor: Robert Wood

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. Mark J. Estren, Washington Post

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. Tim Smith, Opera News

Funny, fast-paced ‘Ory’

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. TL Ponick, Washington Times