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Count Ory

Aug. 6 - 20, 2016

Overview

The March 13, 2021 broadcast of this production on 98.1 KING FM was originally recorded on August 13, 2016. It features Lawrence Brownlee as Count Ory, and Sarah Coburn as Countess Adele. Full cast list is available below.

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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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: Countess Adèle, Count Ory (’16)
Recently: Héro, Beatrice et Bénédict (Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse); Tusnelda, Arminio (Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe); Carrie Pipperidge, Carousel (Houston Grand Opera)
Upcoming: Agnès, Written on Skin (Opera Philadelphia); Amour, Orphée et Eurydice (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Lulu, Lulu (Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Chile)

Last updated: April 2017

Lauren Snouffer

Countess Adele

Seattle Opera Debut
Aug. 7, 10, & 19

Hanna Hipp

Isolier

At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Dorabella, Così fan tutte, and Beatrice, Beatrice and Benedict

Hometown: Kraków, Poland
Seattle Opera Debut: Isolier, Count Ory (’16)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Dorabella, Così fan tutte (’18)
Recently: Isabella, The Italian Girl in Algiers (Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier); The Composer, Ariadne auf Naxos (Glyndebourne Festival Opera); Magdalena, Die Meistersinger von Nürnburg (Royal Opera, Covent Garden)
Upcoming: Frances, Gloriana (Teatro Real); Clairon, Capriccio (Garsington Opera); Hansel, Hansel and Gretel (Royal Opera Covent Garden)

Last updated: February 2018

Hanna Hipp

Isolier

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