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Count Ory

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Overview

By Gioachino Rossini

A Seattle Opera Premiere!

ROLLICKING FARCE. Discover the final madcap comedy from the playful and prolific composer of The Barber of Seville and The Italian Girl in Algiers. A notorious skirt-chaser and his merry-making minions scheme their way into a medieval French castle by means of outrageous disguises, crazy coincidences, and narrow escapes. Plans are foiled, wine cellars are raided, and all is forgiven as the lusty Count presides over the chaos. Our bright, all-new production will feature an exaggerated “Pythonesque” visual style, including whimsical animations and kaleidoscopic colors to start the season with a bang.

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Listen to the music from Count Ory. Copyright Philip Newton.

In French with English subtitles | at McCaw Hall 
Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 35 minutes, with 1 intermission
Evenings at 7:30 PM. Sunday matinee at 2:00 PM.

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Synposis

Long Story Short

Three’s a crowd when a randy playboy and a lovesick teenager both invade a chaste noblewoman’s bed.


The Story

The mice will play while the cat’s away, and in a small medieval French village whose men are all off fighting the Crusades, the ladies are easy prey for that notorious local bad boy, Count Ory. Hoping to encourage relaxed morals, Ory passes himself off as a guru who has come to town to help ease lonely women’s heartaches and dispense wise counsel on all questions of love. The women eagerly bare their souls to the ‘hermit’; even his own teenage page, Isolier, comes seeking advice for the lovelorn. Isolier confesses that he’s madly in love with Countess Adèle, who lives in a nearby castle; what’s more, the boy has invented a clever strategem for infiltrating her home.

Ory’s ‘wise hermit’ disguise is spoiled by his own tutor, who promised Ory’s father he’d make his son behave. So Ory moves on to Isolier’s plan: that night, during a furious storm, he and his men disguise themselves as nuns and knock on Adèle’s door, begging her to offer them refuge from the wicked Count Ory, who, they say, is pursuing them. Isolier and Ory both inveigle themselves into Adèle’s bedroom; but in the ensuing love trio, between the darkness and the disguises, none of the three of them knows exactly whose body they’re embracing. Luckily for all concerned, as dawn comes up, the men of the village return home from the Crusades, and Isolier helps Ory escape.

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Cast

Lawrence Brownlee

Count Ory

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Count Ory, Count Ory

Hometown: Youngstown, OH
Young Artist ’01, '02
Artist of the Year: Arturo, I puritani (’08)
Seattle Opera Debut: Ernesto, Don Pasquale (’03)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Don Ottavio, Don Giovanni (’14); Tonio, La fille du régiment ('13); Count Almaviva, The Barber of Seville (’11)

Recently:  Umberto, La Donna del Lago (Metropolitan Opera); Ramiro, La Cenerentola, (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Charlie Parker, Yardbird, (Opera Philadelphia)
Upcoming:  Count Almaviva, The Barber of Seville, (Opéra national de Paris); Arturo, I puritani, (Opernhaus Zürich); Salvani, Adelson e Salvani, (Barbicon Concert Hall – London)

Last updated: December 2015

Lawrence Brownlee

Count Ory

Aug. 6, 13, 17, & 20

Barry Banks

Count Ory

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Count Ory, Count Ory

Hometown: Stoke-on-Trent, UK
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Don Narciso, Il turco in Italia (Royal Opera Covent Garden); Oreste, Ermione, (La Coruña, Spain); Arturo, I puritani (Welsh National Opera)
Upcoming: Carmina Burana (Czech Philharmonic Orchestra); Mahler’s 8th (Utah Symphony Orchestra); Duke of Mantua, Rigoletto (Hawaii Opera Theatre)

Last updated: December 2015

Barry Banks

Count Ory

Seattle Opera Debut
Aug. 7, 10, & 19

Sarah Coburn

Countess Adele

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Countess Adèle, Count Ory


Hometown:
Tulsa, OK
Seattle Opera Young Artist 2001/02
Seattle Opera Debut: Adèle, Die Fledermaus (’06)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Zerbinetta, Ariadne auf Naxos (’15); Marie, La fille du régiment (’13); Rosina, The Barber of Seville (’11)
Recently: Messiah (San Francisco Symphony); Gilda, Rigoletto (Arizona Opera)
Upcoming:  Soprano Soloist (Tivoli Festival); Soprano Soloist (Oklahoma City Philharmonic)

Last updated: December 2015

Sarah Coburn

Countess Adele

Aug. 6, 13, 17, & 20

Lauren Snouffer

Countess Adele

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Countess Adèle, Count Ory and Pamina, The Magic Flute

Hometown: Austin, Texas
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Susanna, Le nozze di Figaro, (Atlanta Opera); Arasse, Siroe, (Opéra Royal de Versailles);
Ellie, Show Boat, (Houston Grand Opera)
Upcoming: Cherubino, Le nozze di Figaro (Houston Grand Opera); Carrie Pepperidge, Carousel (Houston Grand Opera); Teofane, Ottone (Il Pomo d'Oro)

Last updated: December 2015

Lauren Snouffer

Countess Adele

Seattle Opera Debut
Aug. 7, 10, & 19

Hanna Hipp

Isolier

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Isolier, Count Ory
Hometown:
Kraków, Poland
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Composer, Ariadne auf Naxos (Minnesota Opera); Mercédès, Carmen (Teatro alla Scala); Suzuki, Madama Butterfly (Teatr Wielki, Warsaw and Scottish Opera)Upcoming: Magdalene, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Glyndebourne and Royal Opera Covent Garden); Cherubino, Le nozze di Figaro (Scottish Opera)

Last updated: December 2015

Hanna Hipp

Isolier

Seattle Opera Debut
Aug. 6, 13, 17, & 20

Stephanie Lauricella

Isolier

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Isolier, Count Ory

Hometown: Wading River, NY
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Rosina, The Barber of Seville (Deutsche Oper Berlin); Hermia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Grand Théâtre de Genève); Hänsel, Hänsel und Gretel (Minnesota Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin)
Upcoming: Dorabella, Così fan tutte (Deutsche Oper Berlin); Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, (BBC Scottish Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra); Dorabella, Così fan tutte (Opéra national de Paris)

Last updated: December 2015

Stephanie Lauricella

Isolier

Seattle Opera Debut
Aug. 7, 10, & 19

Maria Zifchak

Ragonde

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Ragonde, Count Ory

Hometown: Hauppauge, New York
Seattle Opera Debut: Dorabella, Così fan tutte (’06)
Recently: Suzuki, Madama Butterfly, (Perth International Festival), Ruth, The Pirates of Penzance (Nashville Opera); Suzuki, Madama Butterfly (Metropolitan Opera)
Upcoming: Quickly, Falstaff (Des Moines Metro Opera); Mrs. De Rocher, Dead Man Walking (Teatro Real, Madrid)

Last updated: December 2015

Maria Zifchak

Ragonde

Aug. 6, 7, 10, 13, 17, 19, & 20

Rodion Pogossov

Raimbaud

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Raimbaud, Count Ory

Hometown: Moscow, Russia
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Marcello, La bohème (Michigan Opera Theatre); Figaro, The Barber of Seville (LA Opera and Hamburgische Staatsoper)
Upcoming: Silvio, Pagliacci (Metropolitan Opera and Den Norske Opera); Struley, Adelson e Salvini (Opera Rara)

Last updated: December 2015

Rodion Pogossov

Raimbaud

Seattle Opera Debut
Aug. 6, 13, 17, & 20

Will Liverman

Raimbaud

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Raimbaud, Count Ory

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Dizzy Gillespie, Yardbird (Opera Philadelphia); Figaro, The Barber of Seville (Madison Opera, Utah Opera); Beaumarchais, The Ghosts of Versailles (Wolf Trap Opera)
Upcoming: Sam, Pirates of Penzance (Atlanta Opera); Figaro, The Barber of Seville (Virginia Opera); Dizzy Gillespie, Yardbird (Madison Opera)

Last updated: December 2015

Will Liverman

Raimbaud

Seattle Opera Debut
Aug. 7, 10, & 19

Patrick Carfizzi

Tutor

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: The Tutor, Count Ory

Hometown: Newburgh, NY
Seattle Opera Debut: Frank, Die Fledermaus (’06)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Music Master/Truffaldino, Ariadne auf Naxos (’15); Don Magnifico, La Cenerentola (’13); Ping, Turandot (’12)
Recently: Don Pasquale, Don Pasquale (Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden);Mandarin, Turandot (Metropolitan Opera); Baron Zeta, The Merry Widow (Lyric Opera of Chicago)
Upcoming:
Cecil, Maria Stuarda (Metropolitan Opera); Dulcamara, Elixir of Love (Lyric Opera of Kansas City);Dr.Bartolo, The Barber of Seville (Austin Lyric Opera)

Last updated: December 2015

Patrick Carfizzi

Tutor

Aug. 6, 7, 10, 13, 17, 19, & 20

Jennifer Bromagen

Alice

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Alice, The Wicked Adventures of Count Ory

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Seattle Opera Debut: Bridesmaid, The Marriage of Figaro ('09)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Handmaiden, Turandot ('12); First Lay Sister, Suor Angelica ('13); Pedro, Don Quichotte ('11) 
Recently: Soprano Soloist, She Was Here (Northwest Sinfonietta); Anna, Anna Bolena (Puget Sound Concert Opera); La Contessa di Almaviva, The Marriage of Figaro (Bellevue City Opera)
Upcoming: Soprano Soloist, Mozart Requiem (Northwest Sinfonietta)

Last Updated: February 2016

Jennifer Bromagen

Alice

Aug. 6, 7, 10, 13, 17, 19, & 20

Eric Neuville

Young Nobleman (Coryphee)

At Seattle Opera in 2014/15: Scaramuccio, Ariadne auf Naxos
At Seattle Opera in 2015/16: Abdallo, Nabucco
Seattle Opera Debut: Normanno, Lucia di Lammermoor (’10) 
Previously at Seattle Opera: Nathanaël, The Tales of Hoffmann (’14); First Priest, The Magic Flute (’11) 
Seattle Opera Young Artist: 2009/10, 2010/11 


Hometown: Waupaca, WI
Recently: Tamino, Die Zauberflöte (Tacoma Opera); Soloist, Beethoven's 9th Symphony (Seattle Symphony); Soloist, Carmina Burana (Austin Symphony)
Upcoming: Ulysses, Pénélope (Vespertine Opera); Laurie, Little Women (Madison Opera)

Last updated: August 2015

Eric Neuville

Young Nobleman (Coryphee)

Aug. 6, 7, 10, 13, 17, 19, & 20

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Creative Team

Lindy Hume

Director

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Count Ory

Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Iphigénie en Tauride (Pinchgut Opera, Sydney); Don Pasquale (Oper Leipzig); Die Fledermaus (Houston Grand Opera)
Upcoming: Gianni Schicchi (West Australian Opera); La Cenerentola, (Oper Leipzig); The Barber of Seville (Opera Queensland)

Last updated: December 2015

Lindy Hume

Director

Seattle Opera Debut

Giacomo Sagripanti

Conductor

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Count Ory

Hometown: Giulianova, Italy
Seattle Opera Debut: La Cenerentola (’13)
Recently: The Barber of Seville (Arena di Verona); La traviata (Royal Danish Theatre); Don Carlo (Bolshoi Theatre)
Upcoming: I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Klagenfurt Oper); The Barber of Seville (Opéra national de Paris, Staatstheater Essen)

Last updated: December 2015

Giacomo Sagripanti

Conductor

Dan Potra

Set & Costume Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Count Ory

Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Theodora (Pinchgut Opera, Sydney); Hoffman’s Adventures (Folkoperan Sweden); The Perfect American, (English National Opera, Teatro Real de Madrid, English National Opera, Opera Queensland)
Upcoming: Turandot (Opera Australia); Sydney Opera House: The Opera (Opera Australia); La Cenerentola, (Oper Leipzig)

Last updated: December 2015

Dan Potra

Set & Costume Designer

Seattle Opera Debut

Duane Schuler

Lighting Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2015/16: Nabucco and The Marriage of Figaro
At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Count Ory and The Magic Flute

Lighting Designer (Elkhart Lake, WI)
Seattle Opera Debut: Norma (’94)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Nabucco (’15); Don Giovanni (’14), The Consul (’14)
Recently: Bel Canto (world premiere at Lyric Opera of Chicago); Norma (LA Opera); Tosca (Houston Grand Opera)
Upcoming: Der Rosenkavalier (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Maometto II (Canadian Opera Company); Béatrice et Bénédict (Glyndebourne Festival)

Last Updated: January 2016

Duane Schuler

Lighting Designer

Daniel Pelzig

Associate Director & Choreographer

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Count Ory

Hometown: New York, NY
Seattle Opera Debut: Salome (’01)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Iphigénie en Tauride (’07); Florencia en el Amazonas (’05)
Recently: Guys and Dolls (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Die Fledermaus (Houston Grand Opera); Carousel (Glimmerglass Opera)
Upcoming: South Pacific (Guthrie Theater)

Last updated: December 2015

Daniel Pelzig

Associate Director & Choreographer

Creative Team

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Seattle Opera Guild
In memory of Marian E. Lackovich and Captain Louis J. Lackovich

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