Coraly
Zahonero

504e sociétaire

Coraly Zahonero enrolled at the Montpellier Conservatory at the age of 15 and made her first acting steps thanks to Jean Négroni who cast her as Juliet in his rendition of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in 1986. The following year, she played in Racine’s Britannicus with Silvia Montfort in the Paris theater of the same name. She trained in classes taught by Jacques Sereys, Philippe Adrien and Stuart Seide at the Conservatoire national supérieur d’art dramatique run by Jean-Pierre Miquel. When the latter was appointed General Administrator of the Comédie-Française in 1994, he hired Coraly Zahonero to play Silvia in his staging of Marivaux’s La Double Inconstance. For this role she was nominated for a Molière Award for Best Newcomer, as well as for the 1995 Daniel Sorano Award.
She was appointed the 504th sociétaire on the 1st of January 2000.

Her theatrical world has developed along with the diverse influences in her life. In 2007, Omar Porras introduced her to mask theatre when he staged Lope de Vega’s Pedro and the Commander at the Salle Richelieu. In 2010, she took part in the adventure that was Paroles, pas de rôles/vaudeville, a performance experiment with the tg STAN, de KOE and Discordia collectives. Sought after by directors from all sides, she has interpreted complex and varied roles. She has accordingly played the title role in Federico García Lorca Yerma by Vicente Pradal, Natalia Ivanovna in Chekhov’s Three Sisters by Alain Françon with whom she reunited for Edward Bond’s The Sea. Under the direction of Andrei Serban, she played Jessica in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice. She also played Olivia in Twelfth Night, Or What You Will, also by Shakespeare, which was directed by Andrzej Seweryn. Coraly Zahonero played Margarita in Goldoni’s The Boors (Les Rustres) having reconnected with director Jean-Louis Benoit who had worked with her previously on Corneille’s The Liar (Le Menteur) and Gogol’s The Government Inspector (Le Révizor). Giorgio Barberio Corsetti cast her as Clara, the milliner in Labiche’s The Italian Straw Hat, while Lilo Baur cast her as Magdalena in The House of Bernarda Alba by García Lorca. She performed in Feydeau’s plays once as Lucette in Un fil à la patte by Jérôme Deschamps and as Marcelle in The Free Exchange Hotel (L’Hôtel du Libre-Échange) by Isabelle Nanty. She paid great tribute to Victor Hugo playing Cyprienne in Mille francs de récompense by Jean-Paul Rousillon and Marcinelle in The Intervention (L’Intervention) by Bénédicte Ardiley. Under the watchful eye of Thierry Hancisse, who directed her in L’École des maris by Molière, she conceived the staging and scenography for L’Inattendu by Fabrice Melquiot, which she also starred in.

In 2016, as part of the Singulis solo program, she authored Griselidis, a theatrical adaptation of the work of prostitute, painter and writer Grisélidis Réal, which she directed and interpreted. Playing outside the Comédie-Française, the show reaped great success on tour.

Together with Vicente Pradal, Coraly Zahonero conceived and staged the musical Viento del pueblo on the life of poet Miguel Hernandez. She has often appeared in film and on television; most notably in Nelly et Monsieur Arnaud by Claude Sautet and in Riens du tout and Chacun cherche son chat by Cédric Klapisch. She has played in a number of television series: Le Grand Patron, R.I.S. Police scientifique, La vie devant elles. In 2015, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi cast her for the television movie adapted from Chekhov’s Three Sisters, and Coline Serreau cast her as Yvonne de Gaulle in Pierre Brossolette ou les passagers de la lune.

Coraly Zahonero is Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres) and Chairperson of the Chant des hommes Association, a social and artistic charity organization.

During the 2018/2019 season, she will be playing in Goldoni’s La Locandiera by Alain Françon, Hors la loi written and directed by Pauline Bureau and in the rerun of Feydeau’s The Free Exchange Hotel by Isabelle Nanty. Her Grenier des acteurs will be dedicated to Sylvie Caster.

Soon in

Le Malade imaginaire

by Molière
Directed by Claude Stratz

Théâtre Marigny

Available soon
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At the Comédie-Française

2019-2020

2018-2019

  • Hors la loi

    Outlaws Writed and directed by Pauline Bureau

    Michèle Chevalier, la mère de Marie-Claire ; Valérie, une militante féministe et Delphine...

    Vx-Colombier

  • L'Hôtel du Libre-Échange

    The Free Exchange Hotel by Georges Feydeau Directed by Isabelle Nanty

    Marcelle, femme de Paillardin (Alternating)

    Richelieu

  • Coraly Zahonero / Sylvie Caster

    The Actors’ Attic

    Richelieu

  • Journées particulières

    SPECIAL DAYS / Once upon a time at the Comédie-Française: The Théâtre aux armées

    Vx-Colombier

  • La Locandiera

    The Mistress of The Inn by Carlo Goldoni Directed by Alain Françon

    Dejanira, comédienne

    Richelieu

2017-2018

2016-2017

2015-2016

  • Un fil à la patte

    A Cat Among The Pigeons by Georges Feydeau Directed by Jérôme Deschamps

    Lucette (en alternance)

    Richelieu

  • Singulis / Grisélidis

    by Grisélidis Réal Directed by Coraly Zahonero

    Studio

  • La Mer

    The Sea by Edward Bond Directed by Alain Françon

    Mafanwy Price

    Richelieu

  • Coraly Zahonero

    Actor School

    Studio

  • Les Rustres

    The Boors by Carlo Goldoni Directed by Jean-Louis Benoit

    Margarita, femme de Lunardo en secondes noces

    Vx-Colombier

  • La Maison de Bernarda Alba

    by Federico García Lorca Directed by Lilo Baur

    Magdalena (en alternance)

    Richelieu

2014-2015

  • Un fil à la patte

    A Cat Among The Pigeons by Georges Feydeau Directed by Jérôme Deschamps

    Lucette (en alternance)

    Richelieu

  • La Maison de Bernarda Alba

    by Federico García Lorca Directed by Lilo Baur

    Magdalena

    Richelieu

  • Oblomov

    by Ivan Alexandrovitch Gontcharov Directed by Volodia Serre

    Agafia Matveïevna

    Vx-Colombier

  • Oblomov

    by Ivan Alexandrovitch Gontcharov Directed by Volodia Serre

    Agafia Matveïevna

    On tour

2013-2014

  • Hernani

    by Victor Hugo Directed by Nicolas Lormeau

    Doña Josefa, le Laquais et un Conspirateur (en alternance)

    Vx-Colombier

  • Un chapeau de paille d'Italie

    An Italian Straw Hat by Eugène Labiche Directed by Giorgio Barberio Corsetti

    Clara, la modiste

    Richelieu

  • Psyché

    by Molière Directed by Véronique Vella

    Aglaure et Chœurs (en alternance)

    Richelieu

2012-2013

  • Amphitryon

    by Molière DIrected by Jacques Vincey

    Cléanthis

    Vx-Colombier

  • Les Trois Sœurs

    The Three Sisters by Anton Tchekhov Directed by Alain Françon

    Natalia Ivanovna, la fiancée, puis l’épouse de Prozorov

    Richelieu

  • Coraly Zahonero

    Carte blanche

    Vx-Colombier

  • Un fil à la patte

    A Cat Among The Pigeons by Georges Feydeau Directed by Jérôme Deschamps

    Lucette et Nini (en alternance)

    Richelieu

  • Un chapeau de paille d'Italie

    An Italian Straw Hat by Eugène Labiche and Marc-Michel Directed by Giorgio Barberio...

    Clara, la modiste

    Théâtre éphémère

2011-2012

  • Amphitryon

    by Molière DIrected by Jacques Vincey

    Cléanthis

    Vx-Colombier

  • Poil de carotte

    by Jules Renard Directed by Philippe Lagrue

    Annette

    Studio

2010-2011

  • The Readers’ Bureau

    Readings of contemporary authors

    Vx-Colombier

  • Poil de carotte

    by Jules Renard Directed by Philippe Lagrue

    Annette

    Studio

  • Les Trois Sœurs

    The Three Sisters by Anton Tchekhov Directed by Alain Françon

    Natalia Ivanovna, la fiancée, puis l'épouse de Prozorov

    Richelieu

  • La Grande Magie

    by Eduardo De Filippo Directed by Dan Jemmett

    Marta Di Spelta

    Richelieu

2009-2010

  • Les Trois Sœurs

    The Three Sisters by Anton Tchekhov Directed by Alain Françon

    Natalia Ivanovna, la fiancée, puis l'épouse de Prozorov

    Richelieu

  • Paroles, pas de rôles / vaudeville

    by De Schrijver, Van den Eede, de Koning Directed by tg STAN, DE KOE et DISCORDIA

    Vx-Colombier

  • La Grande Magie

    by Eduardo De Filippo Directed by Dan Jemmett

    Marta

    Richelieu

2008-2009

  • Il Campiello

    by Carlo Goldoni Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Gnese, fille de Donna Pasqua

    Richelieu

  • La Grande Magie

    by Eduardo De Filippo Directed by Dan Jemmett

    Marta

    Richelieu

2007-2008

  • Yerma

    by Federico García Lorca Directed by Vicente Pradal

    Yerma

    Vx-Colombier

  • Fables de La Fontaine

    by Jean de La Fontaine Directed by Robert Wilson

    la Cigale, l'Agneau

    Richelieu

  • Pedro et le Commandeur

    by Felix Lope de Vega Directed by Omar Porras

    Inès, un Secrétaire

    Richelieu

2006-2007

2005-2006

  • L'Inattendu

    The Unexpected by Fabrice Melquiot Directed by Thierry Hancisse

    Studio

  • Grief[s]

    by August Strindberg, Henrik Ibsen and Ingmar Bergman Directed by Anne Kessler

    Madame X

    Studio

  • Le Menteur

    by Pierre Corneille Directed by Jean-Louis Benoit

    Isabelle

    Richelieu

  • Les Bacchantes

    The Bacchantes by Euripide Directed by André Wilms

    le Choeur

    Richelieu

  • Fables de La Fontaine

    by Jean de La Fontaine Directed by Robert Wilson

    la Cigale, l'Agneau

    Richelieu

2004-2005

2003-2004

2002-2003

  • Le Marchand de Venise

    The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare Directed by Andrei Serban

    Jessica

    Richelieu

2001-2002

  • Le Marchand de Venise

    The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare Directed by Andrei Serban

    Jessica (en alternance)

    Richelieu

2000-2001

  • Le Révizor

    by Nikolaï Gogol Directed by Jean-Louis Benoit

    Maria Antonovna

    Richelieu

1999-2000

  • Chat en poche

    by Georges Feydeau Directed by Muriel Mayette-Holtz

    Julie

    Vx-Colombier

  • La Maison des cœurs brisés

    by George Bernard Shaw Directed by Michel Dubois

    Ellie Dunn

    Richelieu

  • L'École des maris

    The School for Husbands by Molière Directed by Thierry Hancisse

    Isabelle

    Richelieu

  • Le Révizor

    by Nikolaï Gogol Directed by Jean-Louis Benoit

    Maria Antonovna

    Richelieu

1998-1999

  • Le Révizor

    by Nikolaï Gogol Directed by Jean-Louis Benoit

    Maria Antonovna

    Richelieu

  • Arcadia

    by Tom Stoppard Directed by Philippe Adrien

    Chloë Coverly

    Richelieu

  • Chat en poche

    by Georges Feydeau Directed by Muriel Mayette-Holtz

    Julie

    Vx-Colombier

1997-1998

1996-1997

  • Un mois à la campagne

    by Ivan Tourgueniev Directed by Andreï Smirnoff

    Véra Alexandrovna

    Richelieu

  • L'Intervention

    by Victor Hugo Directed by Bénédicte Ardiley

    Marcinelle

    Studio

  • Tite et Bérénice

    by Pierre Corneille Directed by Patrick Guinand

    Domitie

    Vx-Colombier

1995-1996

1994-1995

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