Production :
Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
Opéra Comique
Opéra Royal-Château de Versailles Spectacles

The story

In the 13th century, near Tours, the young Countess Adele is moping around her castle, whilst her brother and all the men of the county are in the Holy Land. Disguised as a hermit, Count Ory, an incorrigible seducer, tries to woo the beauty in order to offer her some comfort. To a backdrop of romantic rivalries and many misunderstandings, a letter heralds the return of the crusaders…

For the festivities…

 Le Comte Ory, a subtle and incredibly fresh score, is the only comedy that Rossini wrote in French. Already immensely successful, the composer wished to conquer Paris. Before turning the page on the composition of operas, in 1828 for the Salle Le Peletier venue he composed, one year before the ultimate Guillaume Tell, a masterful work in which several brilliant passages of Il Viaggio a Reims are recycled, backed up by sumptuous music. A miracle of balance and subtlety, the work owes much to Mozart’s comedies. The importance of Isolier’s character, the Count’s pageboy, is reminiscent of Cherubino and perpetuated, in the 19th century, the playing of parts of one gender by the other.

Acclaimed by both critics and audiences, the last two of Rossini’s operas, both so different from each other, brought him immense glory. They are still much appreciated to this day. Their perfection proves that the Swan of Pesaro possessed total mastery over tragedy and comedy.

For unforgettable end of year festivities, the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège will be staging this magnificent co-production, with sumptuous direction unanimously acclaimed by the press and audiences. Unmissable!

Le Comte Ory will also be produced at Palais des Beaux-Arts of Charleroi on saturday 5th of January 2019 at 8pm.

Introduction to performances: curtain-raisers

All the opera performances are preceded by an educational introduction open to all. They take place 30 minutes before the start of the performance, in the company of an opera specialist to provide a pertinent presentation of the work.

Plan your visit

Frequently asked questions

  • Car Parks

    How to come by car?

    Car parks with discounted rate

    Discounted rate of € 6 for performances and concerts featured in our schedules (in the evening from 18.00 to 01.00 and on Sunday from 13.00 to 19.00). A validation terminal is available in the entrance hall of the Opera House (from when the doors opens).

    Neujean car park

    45, Boulevard de la Sauvenière – 4000 Liège, Belgium

    • Mon. to Fri. : open until 1 o’clock in the morning.
    • Sat. and Sun. : open all night.

    Opéra car park

    1, Galerie Opéra – 4000 Liège, Belgium
    Open 24 hours, 7 days a week

    Other car parks nearby

    • Central Park car park : 26, Place Xavier-Neujean – 4000 Liège
    • Saint-Lambert car park : Place Saint-Lambert – 4000 Liège
    • Cathédrale car park : Place de la Cathédrale – 4000 Liège

  • Catering

    For a meal or a drink during an opera or a concert

    Whether you want a drink or a meal (by booking only), the Opera Restaurant, located in the prestigious setting of the Foyer Grétry, welcomes you before each performance when the Theatre’s doors open.

    During the interval, the Foyer Grétry Bar (2nd floor) as well as the Salazar Bar (4th floor) are open for you to relax and quench your thirst.

    For “Opera for All” Young Audience performances and “Discovery concerts”, the Foyer Grétry Bar is open one hour before and at the end of each performance.

    For information and bookings: +32 (0) 499 42 42 62  – lydia-campoccia@hotmail.com – www.leschefsopera.be

    Drink tokens

    Drink tokens are on sale as soon as the doors of the Theatre open on performance days (in the entrance hall and the main stairs) or during the interval (in the Foyer Grétry).

    For reasons of hygiene and cleanliness, it is forbidden to bring drinks and snacks into the building.


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