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Rossini's Le Comte Ory

Opernhaus Zürich,  January 23 - February 5, 2011.

Photographs by Jef Rabillon, courtesy of Opernhaus Zürich


Photographs from the 2011 Opernhaus Zürich production of Rossini's Le Comte Ory.   The production was notable for being the first to use the new critical score of the opera (see here for details) and played on period instruments. It was also one of Cecilia Bartoli's comparatively rare forays into a regular opera production.

The action was moved from the time of the Crusades to the early 1960's at the time of the Algerian war, thus just as the sixties sexual and social revolution was about to get underway. Critics were very positive about both the music and the production, Bartoli and Camarena being singled out particularly for some fine Rossini singing.


The Team


La comtesse Adèle - Cecilia Bartoli

Isolier - Rebeca Olvera

Ragonde - Liliana Nikiteanu

Le Comte Ory - Javier Camarena

Raimbaud - Oliver Widmer

Le Gouverneur - Carlos Chausson


Conductor - Muhai Tangi

Directors - Moshe Leiser, Patrice Caurier

Designer - Christian Fenouillat

Costume - Agostino Cavalca

Lighting - Martin Gebhardt, Christophe Forey


Orchester La Scintilla and Zusatzchor 


 Le Comte Ory dressed as the Hermit with Ragonde
Photo: Jef Rabillon



 La comtesse Adèle
Photo: Jef Rabillon



 The "Nuns" discover the wine
Photo: Jef Rabillon



 The women  prepare to welcome their menfolk back
Photo: Jef Rabillon



 Le Comte Ory and  La comtesse Adèle
Photo: Jef Rabillon




Page initially published in  2011