Le Comte Ory
to 31 December 2017
19 December 2017 8.00 pm
21 December 2017 8.00 pm
23 December 2017 8.00 pm
25 December 2017 3.00 pm
27 December 2017 8.00 pm
29 December 2017 8.00 pm
0 825 01 01 23 (0,15 €/min)
A delightful fool’s game plot composed by Rossini at the peak of his art, served by a first-rate team: Louis Langrée, Denis Podalydès, Eric Ruf and Christian Lacroix. For a memorable year-end.
Opera in two acts to a libretto by Eugène Scribe premiered at the Opéra de Paris in 1828.
During the Crusades lords departed for the Holy Land, leaving the women unprotected. Thus, the sister of the lord of Formoutiers languished in her castle, wooed by a depraved count and a page in love with her. Both strive to approach the beautiful recluse, Ory by disguising himself and Isolier by unveiling his soul. Which of the two will take the lead?
In 1828 Rossini was a European celebrity acclaimed by the public and singing stars alike. This farcical plot enabled him to rescue from oblivion his score to Le Voyage de Reims thanks to virtuoso recycling. Berlioz and Liszt expressed their admiration for Le Comte Ory as such a combination of troubadour poetry, musical variety and colorful irony shook up conventions and established genres, glorifying French comic genius.
Le Comte Ory has been infrequently performed at the Salle Favart. It returns with a vengeance for the year-end holidays, with the authors of the brilliant 2009 revival of Messager's Fortunio, Louis Langrée and Denis Podalydès.
Music direction, Louis Langrée
Staging, Denis Podalydès
Scenery, Eric Ruf
Costumes, Christian Lacroix
Lights, Stéphanie Daniel
With Philippe Talbot, Julie Fuchs, Gaëlle Arquez, Jean-Sébastien Bou, Patrick Bolleire, Éve-Maud Hubeaux, Jodie Devos
Choir les éléments
Orchestre des Champs-Elysées
Music direction Louis Langrée
Staging Denis Podalydès
Scenery Eric Ruf
Costumes Christian Lacroix
Lights Stéphanie Daniel
Moves collaboration Cécile Bon
Music direction assistant Nicolas Kruger
Staging assistants Laurent Delvert, Laurent Podalydès
Scenery assistant Dominique Schmitt
Vocal coach Bertrand Halary
Choir master Joël Suhubiette
Le Comte Ory Philippe Talbot
La Comtesse Julie Fuchs
Isolier Gaëlle Arquez
Dame Ragonde Éve-Maud Hubeaux
Le Gouverneur Patrick Bolleire
Raimbaud Jean-Sébastien Bou
Alice Jodie Devos
Actors Laurent Podalydès, Léo Reynaud
Choir les éléments
Orchestra Orchestre des Champs-Elysées
New production Opéra Comique
Co-production Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Opéra Royal - Château de Versailles Spectacles
At the time of the Crusades, the French lords leave their estates for the Holy Land and women are sometimes left defenseless. Thus, brave Lady Ragonde becomes the keeper of the castle of Formoutiers where the lord’s sister, beautiful Adèle, is drooping. Adventurous and sensuous Count Ory tries to seduce secluded young women with the aid of his debauchery companion Raimbaud. Disguised as hermits, they gain the confidence of Lady Ragonde who’s looking for a devoted comforter for her mistress.
Before the show
- Before the show, come in salle Bizet ! The entrance is free of charge, on the day of the performance
Sing the opéra at 7.15 pm with Christophe Grapperon on the 19, 21, 25 December/ Geneviève Boulestreau on the 23, 27, 29, 31 December.
Presentation of the production at 7.30pm with historical and musical descriptions (in french) with Agnès Terrier
- Meet the artists of the production Saturday 23 December at 4 pm. Free admission upon reservation >
2h30, including intermission
Doors open Opera in 2 acts150 min End of the event