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Monday, October 6, 2014 - The Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.*

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall, 7:30 p.m.**

 

This performance runs approximately three hours. 

 

We are pleased to offer a pre-performance talk before the October 9 performance with Rameau scholars Sylvie Bouissou and Thomas Soury in the Noble Room at 6:30 pm 

  

 

Opera Lafayette opens its 20th season with the modern staged premiere of Les Fêtes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour, ou Les Dieux d'Égypte, the last of Rameau’s large-scale opéras-ballets to be revived and performed in recent times. Join an international cast on a mythical journey from conflict to unity though expressions of eternal love. Three critically acclaimed dance companies – representing Egyptians, Amazons, and Gods of the Nile – weave this romantic tale into seven magnificent ballets, complementing the musicality of cast and chorus. Grace and movement are prevalent throughout the evening, as each act is directed by one of the production’s three contributing choreographers: Catherine Turocy of the New York Baroque Dance Company, Anuradha Nehru of Kalanidhi Dance, and Seán Curran of the Seán Curran Company.

 

A benefit dinner honoring Opera Lafayette's 20th anniversary season will be held before the 10/6 performance.*
A benefit reception honoring Opera Lafayette's 20th anniversary season will be held at the intermission of the 10/9 performance.**

 

Read Program notes by Rameau scholar Thomas Soury

 

 

Cast:


Claire Debono - Orthésie, Ori

Jeffrey Thompson - Osiris, Aruéris

Ingrid Perruche - Mirrine, Memphis (Opera Lafayette debut)

François Lis - Canope, Un Égyptien (Opera Lafayette debut)

Aaron Sheehan - Le Plaisir, Agéris, Un Berger égyptien

Kelly Ballou - L'Amour, Une Égyptienne 

Laetitia Spitzer Grimaldi - L'Hymen, Une Bergère égyptienne

William Sharp - Le Grand Prêtre, Un Égyptien

Kyle Bielfield - Un Berger égyptien (Opera Lafayette debut)

 

Become a co-producer of our first video recording!

 

With Rameau's Les Fêtes de L'Hymen et de L'Amour, Opera Lafayette will be making its first promotional video recording. Two generous friends, Ishtar Méjanès and Nizam Kettaneh, have made this possible. We invite our patrons to become co-producers of this premiere video recording as part of Opera Lafayette's ongoing 20th Anniversary Crescendo campaign. For details about this challenge and bringing the project to completion,

please contact Opera Lafayette's Marketing and Development Director at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

 

Presented in partnership with the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France

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