Rossini: Le Comte Ory

Fr. 12 and Su. 14 january 2018
Surtitles in French and English
Approximate duration: 
2h30 including intermission

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.

Extract from Comte Ory by Rossini at the MET, finale of the first act


Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
Le Comte Ory
Opera in two acts on a libretto by Eugène Scribe
Created on 20 August 1828 at the Paris Opera

Production: Opéra Comique

Coproduction: Opéra Royal / Château de Versailles Spectacles - Opéra Royal de Wallonie




Philippe Talbot Le Comte Ory

Julie Fuchs The Comtesse

Gaëlle Arquez Isolier

Eve-Maud Hubeaux Dame Ragonde

Patrick Bolleire The Governor

Jean-Sébastien Bou Raimbaud

Jodie Devos Alice


Chœur Les Éléments                                 

Orchestre des Champs-Elysées                                                                                     

Louis Langrée Conductor


Denis Podalydès Director

Éric Ruf Sets

Christian Lacroix Costumes

Stéphanie Daniel Lights

Cécile Bon Assistant to movements

Laurent Delvert et Laurent Podalydès Assistants directors

Dominique Schmitt Sets assistants

Nicolas Krüger Musical assistant