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Le Comte Ory

Gioachino Rossini

"Melodramma giocoso" in two acts
Libretto by Eugène Scribe and Charles-Gaspard Delestre-Poirson

New Teatro alla Scala production
In coproduction with Opéra National de Lyon


From 4 to 21 July 2014

Running Time: 2 hours 45 minutes intermission included

Sung in French with electronic libretto in Italian, English, French

Notes on the performancesOpen 
Rossini wrote this playful agile melodrama – his final comic masterpiece - during the years he spent in Paris, less than a year before he stopped composing operas altogether. He was helped in the drafting of the French libretto by the great Adolphe Nourrit, for whom the part of Comte Ory was written. He is in fact a sort of prankster Don Giovanni from the time of the Crusades, a comical type who loves to court honest dames and pious female pilgrims, with tricks, disguises, insistence, but ultimately little success. The score is naturally extremely refined, full of vivaciousness, irony and dizzying vocals. La Scala has hired for the role of protagonist none other than Juan Diego Flórez, the finest man for this role, along with Aleksandra Kurzak, Stéphane Degout and presents the production of Laurent Pelly, who was very successful with his Elisir d’amore in the 2009/10 Season. It will be conducted by the reliable Donato Renzetti.


Donato Renzetti
Staging, sets and costumes
Laurent Pelly
Jöel Adam


Le Comte Ory
Juan Diego Flórez (4)
Colin Lee (7, 10, 12, 15, 19, 17, 21)
Le Gouverneur
Roberto Tagliavini
José Maria Lo Monaco (4, 7, 10, 17, 21)
ChiaraAmarù (12, 15, 19)
Stéphane Degout (4, 7, 10, 17, 21)
Nicola Alaimo (12, 15, 19)
La Comtesse de Formoutier
Aleksandra Kurzak (4, 7, 10, 17, 21)
Pretty Yende (12, 15, 19)
Marina De Liso
Rosanna Savoia

Due to a tracheitis, Juan Diego Flórez has to withdraw from Le Comte Ory's production. The direction of the Theatre thanks Colin Lee who will perform the main role at his place


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