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Le Comte Ory with NZopera

Le Comte Ory with NZopera

Le Comte Ory

13 & 15 June 2024, 7:30pm
St. James Theatre, Wellington

15 June 2024
Audio-description and touch tour

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Come on a wild ride as we unveil Rossini’s comic opera masterpiece, presented for the first time by New Zealand Opera.

So, the lads are out of town for a while, and they’ve left their ladies behind. Enter Count Ory: a schemer to be sure, but more than a little hapless. He’s dead set on making the most of the men’s absence – and he’s especially keen on winning the affections of Countess Adèle. Unfortunately for him, Adèle wasn’t born yesterday, so she’s not having a bar of his nonsense. And while he’s so fixated on his own schemes, Ory’s completely clueless about the fact that his supposedly trusty sidekick, Isolier, also has grand plans for the countess.

Intrigued? You will be. A whirlwind blend of silly and sublime, Le comte Ory’s music and script are bursting with Rossini’s trademark pizzazz, with a contemporary (and very Kiwi) staging by Simon Phillips and Tracy Grant Lord breathing new and vivid life into the work. And let’s not forget our pièce de résistance: an outrageous three-in-a-bed romp with over fourteen minutes of slow-burn musical sensuality.

There’s a lot we can’t give away just yet, but we’ll say this: prepare yourself for a rollercoaster of deception, intrigue, and a dash of playful flirtation, all wrapped up in some of the smoothest Rossini tunes you’ve ever heard.

Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes (including an interval)

Language: Sung in French with English surtitles

Age advisory: This production of Le comte Ory contains mature themes and content, and is best suited for audiences 16+

Strobe light advisory: Please be advised that this production of Le comte Ory will include a scene featuring flashing lights towards the end of Act 1. This may potentially affect audience members who are sensitive to flashing lights or who suffer from conditions such as epilepsy.


Gioachino Rossini


Eugène Scribe

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Orchestra Wellington

NZ Opera $40 Under-40s tickets

Available for the duration of the Le comte Ory season only.

Visit Le comte Ory - NZ Opera for more information.