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Sunday: Rossini's "Le Comte Ory" on ETPBS

Le Comte Ory had a marvelous Metropolitan Opera production in the 2010-11 season, its first ever of Rossini's final comic masterpiece. This airing on Sunday afternoon at 2 pm is from the original Live-in-HD broadcast on April 9, 2011.

The production stars Juan Diego Florez in the title role paired with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in the trouser role of Isolier, all for the love of the lonely Countess Adèle, sung by soprano Diana Damrau.  Bartlett Sher, director of the Met's hit productions of The Barber of Seville and Les Contes D'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."

ETPBS at 2 pm - Sunday, September 18.

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Alan Sherrod serves up a big plate of nourishing commentary on the Knoxville classical music and fine arts scene.