Rossini: Le Comte Ory
During the Crusades, lords went to the Holy Land, leaving women without defense. This is why the sister of the lord of Formoutiers languishes in her chateau, lusted after by a depraved count and a page in love.
All try to approach the beautiful recluse, Ory by dressing-up, Isolier by unveiling his soul: who will win?
In 1828, Rossini was a star in Europe, a favorite both with the public and star singers. The buffa plot enabled him to save from oblivion the specially commissioned score of Il Viaggio a Reims by recycling it with great virtuosity. Berlioz and Liszt expressed their admiration for Le Comte Ory: such a combination of troubadour poetry, musical variety and truculent irony shook up conventions and established genres that magnified French comic genius.
Production: Opéra Comique
Coproduction: Opéra Royal / Château de Versailles Spectacles - Opéra Royal de Wallonie