LE COMPTE-
ORY

By Gioacchino Rossini

Libretto by Eugène Scribe and Charles Gaspard Delestre Poirson
Dates:
October 26, 29 and 31, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.
November 2, 2024, at 2 p.m.
Place:
Grand Théâtre de Québec
Language
French with French surtitles
Running time:
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An Opéra de Québec production

Opera in two acts

First performed in Paris on August 20, 1828

“Ah! if heaven can hear me,

Soon will come the moment perhaps

When I can let you know

What my grateful heart feels for you.s

My grateful heart.”

Filled with subtle, salacious undertones, this opera is set during the Crusades. Countess Adèle and her retinue have sworn to live like widows in the absence of the men of the castle. But Count Ory, both naughty and debauched, uses any subterfuge necessary to find himself in bed with Countess Adèle. The beautiful Countess, for her part, is consumed with love for her cousin Isolier, who is equally enamored with her. Will virtue be preserved?

The charm of the piece comes essentially from the balance between the lightness of the libretto and the refinement of the music, which avoids lapsing into vulgarity. Once again, the production can count on the immense talent of Laurent Campellone, a seasoned conductor of the French and Italian repertoires, to express the sophistication and beauty of Rossini’s partition.

As for the antics of the terrible Count Ory, they will be skilfully staged by Jean-Romain Vesperini. The man who created a poetic setting for Gounod’s Faust, presented as part of the Festival d’opéra de Québec in 2022, this time proposes a journey to the Middle Ages in a universe of slightly offbeat, madcap chivalric romanticism.

With the Orchestre symphonique de Québec and the Chœur de l’Opéra de Québec

Project Masters

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Direction musicale

Laurent Campellone

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Mise en scène

Jean-Romain Vesperini

CONDUCTOR: Nicolas Ellis

DIRECTOR: Bertrand Alain

SETS: Julie Lévesque

COSTUMES: Émily Wahlman

MAKE-UP: Élène Pearson

Distribution

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COMTE ORY

Philippe Talbot

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COMTESSE ADÈLE

Judith Fa

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RAIMBAUD

Jean-Kristof Bouton

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ISOLIER

Florence Bourget

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GOUVERNEUR

Julien Véronèse

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RAGONDE

Julie Pasturaud

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ALICE

Émilie Baillargeon

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