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Seattle Opera.

Count Ory

Wicked. Absurd. Outrageous.

Aug. 6 - 20, 2016

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By Gioachino Rossini

A Seattle Opera Premiere!

ROLLICKING FARCE. This August, discover the final madcap comedy from the playful and prolific composer of The Barber of Seville and The Italian Girl in Algiers. Notorious skirt-chaser Count Ory 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 in this all-new, locally-built, Monty Python-inspired production filled with whimsical animation and vivid colors to start the season with a bang.

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In French with English subtitles | at McCaw Hall 
Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 32 minutes, including 1 intermission
Evenings at 7:30 PM. Sunday matinee at 2:00 PM.

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Synopsis

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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What is a pants role? Why did an Italian composer write an opera in French? Do comedy and bel canto really go together? Learn about the music and history of Count Ory in our in-depth, multimedia Spotlight Guide.

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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); Count Almaviva, The Barber of Seville (Opéra national de Paris); Arturo, I puritani, (Opernhaus Zürich
Upcoming: Ernesto, Don Pasquale (San Francisco Opera); Idreno, Semiramide (Bayerische Staatsoper); Belmonte, The Abduction from the Seraglio (Houston Grand Opera)

Last updated: July 2016

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); Duke of Mantua, Rigoletto (Hawaii Opera Theatre); Arturo, I puritani (Welsh National Opera)
Upcoming: Norfolk, Elizabeth Queen of England (Theater an der Wien); Astrologer, The Golden Cockerel (Teatro Real de Madrid and Santa Fe Opera)

Last updated: July 2016

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, The Daughter of the Regiment (’13); Rosina, The Barber of Seville (’11)
Recently: Concert (Tivoli Festival/ Copenhagen Philharmonic); Juliette, Roméo et Juliette (Tulsa Opera); Elijah (Handel and Haydn Society)
Upcoming: Konstanze, The Abduction from the Seraglio (Atlanta Opera); Rosina, The Barber of Seville (Opera San Antonio); Concert with Lawrence Brownlee (Tivoli Festival, Copenhagen Philharmonic)

Last updated: July 2016

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); Cherubino, The Marriage of Figaro (Houston Grand Opera); Carrie Pipperidge, Carousel (Houston Grand Opera)
Upcoming: Pamina, The Magic Flute (Seattle Opera); Héro, Beatrice et Bénédict (Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse); Tusnelda, Arminio (Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe)

Last updated: July 2016

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: The Composer, Ariadne auf Naxos (Minnesota Opera); Magdalene, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Glyndebourne Festival); Suzuki, Madama Butterfly (Teatr Wielki and Bergen Opera)
Upcoming: Magdalene, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Royal Opera House Covent Garden); Page, Salome (Dutch National Opera)‘ Th e Composer, Ariadne auf Naxos (Glyndebourne Festival)  

Last updated: July 2016

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, and Hannah, Mary Stuart (The Metropolitan Opera); Mistress Quickly, Falstaff (Des Moines Metro Opera)
Upcoming: Mrs. De Rocher, Dead Man Walking (Lyric Opera of Kansas City)

Last updated: July 2016

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: Struley, Adelson e Salvini (Opera Rara); Lescaut, Manon Lescaut (Bayerische Staatsoper); Silvio, Pagliacci (Metropolitan Opera)
Upcoming: Schaunard, La bohème (Metropolitan Opera); Silvio, Pagliacci (Den Norske Opera); Marcello, La bohème (Cincinnati Opera)

Last updated: July 2016

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: Tarquinius, The Rape of Lucretia, and Beaumarchais, The Ghosts of Versailles (Wolf Trap Opera); Sam, The Pirates of Penzance (Atlanta Opera)
Upcoming: Figaro, The Barber of Seville (Virginia Opera); Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker’s Yardbird (Madison Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago)

Last updated: July 2016

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: Dulcamara, Elixir of Love (Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden); Bartolo, The Barber of Seville (Austin Lyric Opera); Cecil, Mary Stuart (Metropolitan Opera
Upcoming: Schaunard, La bohème (Metropolitan Opera); Dulcamara, Elixir of Love, and Henry Kissinger, Nixon in China (Houston Grand Opera)

Last updated: July 2016

Patrick Carfizzi

Tutor

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

Jennifer Bromagen

Alice

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

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

Last Updated: July 2016

Jennifer Bromagen

Alice

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

Eric Neuville

Young Nobleman (Coryphee)

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: A Nobleman, Count Ory; Gastone, La traviata; and First Priest, The Magic Flute

Hometown: Waupaca, WI
Seattle Opera Young Artist 2009/10, 2010/11
Seattle Opera Debut: Normanno, Lucia di Lammermoor (’10) 
Previously at Seattle Opera: Abdallo, Nabucco (’15); Scaramuccio, Ariadne auf Naxos (’15); Nathanaël, The Tales of Hoffmann (’14)
Recently: Laurie, Little Women (Madison Opera); Recital, The Poet Sings: Emily Dickinson (Conspirare Recital Series)
Upcoming: Gastone, La traviata, and First Priest, The Magic Flute (Seattle Opera); Young Thompson, Glory Denied (Nashville Opera)

Last updated: July 2016

Eric Neuville

Young Nobleman (Coryphee)

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

Cast

Creative Team

Lindy Hume

Director

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Count Ory

Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Gianni Schicchi (West Australian Opera); Cenerentola (Leipzig Opera); The Barber of Seville (Opera Queensland
Upcoming: La Cenerentola (San Diego Opera); 
Theodora (Pinchgut Opera, Sydney); La bohème (Staatsoper Unter
den Linden, Berlin)

Last updated: July 2016

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 (Aalto-Musiktheater Essen); Werther (Opéra National de Paris); Don Carlo (Bolshoi Theatre)
Upcoming:  I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Opera de Oviedo); Il trovatore (Deutsche Oper Berlin); La Cenerentola (Bayerische Staatsoper)

Last updated: July 2016

Giacomo Sagripanti

Conductor

Dan Potra

Production Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Count Ory

Hometown: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Set and Costume Designer, Hoffman’s Adventures (Folkoperan Sweden); Set and Costume Designer, Turandot (Opera Australia); Set and Costume Designer, La Cenerentola (Oper Leipzig)
Upcoming:  Set Designer, La bohème (Staatsopera Unter den Linden); Set and Costume Designer, Satyagraha (Folkoperan Sweden); Set and Costume Designer, City of Unexpected (National Theatre of Wales)

Last updated: July 2016

Dan Potra

Production Designer

Seattle Opera Debut

Duane Schuler

Lighting Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Count Ory and The Magic Flute

Hometown: Elkhart Lake, WI
Seattle Opera Debut: Norma (’94)
Previously at Seattle Opera: The Marriage of Figaro ('16); Nabucco (’15); Don Giovanni (’14)
Recently: Beatrice et Bénédict (Glyndebourne Festival); Maometto II (Canadian Opera Company); Bel Canto (Lyric Opera of Chicago)
Upcoming: The Magic Flute (Seattle Opera); Don Pasquale (San Francisco Opera); Cendrillon (Metropolitan Opera)

Last Updated: July 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: Choreographer, South Pacific (Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis); Choreographer, Guys and Dolls (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Choreographer, Lucia di Lammermoor  (Teatro alla Scala)
Upcoming:   Choreographer, Sunday in the Park with George (Huntington Theatre); Stage Director, The Mikado (Kentucky Opera); Choreographer, A Year with Frog and Toad (Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis)

Last updated: July 2016

Daniel Pelzig

Associate Director & Choreographer

Creative Team

Orchestra & Chorus

Orchestra

Violin I
Jennifer Bai
Brittany Boulding Breeden
Emily Cole
Timothy Garland, Concertmaster
Mae Lin, Asst. Concertmaster
Jennifer Caine Provine
Mikhail Shmidt
Clark Story
Jeannie Wells Yablonsky
Arthur Zadinsky

Violin II
Michael Miropolsky, Principal
Kathleen Boyer, Asst. Principal
Evan Anderson
Natasha Bazhanov
Stephen Bryant
Linda Cole
Xiao-po Fei
Artur Girsky

Viola
Mara Gearman, Principal
Timothy Hale, Assistant Principal
Wesley Dyring
Joseph Gottesman
Sayaka Kokubo
Laura Renz

Cello
Meeka Quan DiLorenzo, Principal
Eric Han, Assistant Principal
Roberta Downey
Vivian Gu
Charles Jacot
Joy Payton-Stevens

Bass
Jordan Anderson, Principal
Joseph Kaufman, Assistant Principal
Jonathan Burnstein
Jennifer Godfrey

Flute
Jeffrey Barker, Principal
Alicia Suarez

Piccolo
Robin Peery

Oboe
Ben Hausmann, Principal
Winnie Chengwen Lai

Clarinet
Sean Osborn, Principal
Frank Kowalsky

Bassoon
Seth Krimsky, Principal
Paul Rafanelli

Horn
Jeff Fair, Principal
Cara Kizer
Jonathan Karschney
Rodger Burnett

Trumpet
Alexander White, Principal
Gabriel Palmer

Trombone
David Ritt
Stephen Fissel
Keith Winkle

Timpani
Michael Crusoe, Principal

Percussion
Michael Clark, Principal
Matt Kocmieroski

Personnel Manager
Scott Wilson

Assistant Personnel Manager
Keith Higgins

The Orchestra is composed of members of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Rotating members of the string section are listed alphabetically.

 

Chorus

Soprano
Jennifer Bromagen
Karen Early-Evans
Serena Eduljee
Dana Johnson
Heather Mullin
Jessica Noronha
Eleanor Stallcop-Horrox
Shelly Traverse
Kimberly Waite
Erin White

Mezzo-Soprano
Linda Baird
Lorraine Burdick
Laura Eichelberger
YeonSoo Lee
Elizabeth Peterson
Melissa Plagemann
Susan Salas
Lucy Weber

Tenor
Nathan Barnes
Benjamin Cleveland
Joel Cummings
Jon Farmer
Tim Janecke
Dustin Kaspar
John Marzano
Derek Sellers
Stephen Wall

Bass/Baritone
Dan Aarthun
Ryan Bede
Michael Dunlap
Craig Grayson
Glenn Guhr
Michael Heitmann
Gregory Lewis
Dierre Lopez
Revere Taylor

 

 

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Seattle Opera Guild
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