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A Metropolitan (Soap) Opera

Not to steal Christopher Purdy's thunder (and who could, anyway?), but this story was impossible to resist.  I'm certain he'll chime in. According to the New York Times, it seems The Metropolitan Opera asked scholar and editor Philip Gossett (an expert on early 19th-century Italian opera) to write program notes for this weekend's production of Gioacchino Rossini's opera Le Comte Ory. Mr. Gossett refused. Why? He thinks The Met is using a "butchered" version of Rossini's score (the version that is traditionally performed) and should be using a newly revised version that had it's premiere at the Zurich Opera three months back. Frankly, I think THIS story would make a pretty good opera! If you're not offended by the "butchered" version of Rossini's score, you can listen to the broadcast of Le Comte Ory this Saturday afternoon on Classical 101. Here's a preview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-_JV0tMgLA