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Lalla Roukh


Ryan Brown, conductor

Bernard Deletré, director
Anuradha Nehru,* choreographer
Chitra Kalyandurg,* assistant choreographer 

Colin K. Bills, lighting designer
Poonam Bhagat,* costume designer 


Marianne Fiset,* Lalla Roukh

Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Noureddin

Nathalie Paulin, Mirza

Bernard DeletréBaskir

David Newman, Bakbara

Andrew Adelsberger, Kaboul


Opera Lafayette Orchestra and Chorus


*company debut


Current Season

 L'Invitation au Voyage

Lalla Roukh


"...a graceful and witty production...a glowing cast of singers...exquisite musical moments....

The New York Times, February 03, 2013, Read the full review.


Preview clips from Opera Lafayette's recording of Lalla Roukh.



Saturday, January 26, 2013, 8:00 p.m., Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
Thursday, January 31, 2013, 7:30 p.m., Rose Theater, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center

Tickets: $100/$75/$60/$40; students 50% off (for student tickets, please call 202.546.9332)


Opera Lafayette continues its exploration and rediscovery of the repertoire of the Paris Opéra Comique, venturing into the 19th century to present the modern premiere of Félicien David’s important musical landmark of the orientalist movement, based on the poem by the Irish poet Thomas Moore. David’s lush and inventive score, which frames a story set on the road from Delhi to Samarkand, was considered his masterpiece. It held the Paris stage for twenty years after its debut in 1862, where it shared the stage with an opera by Monsigny. Opera Lafayette’s production features a collaboration with Kalanidhi Dance, which will bring a ravishing visual element to the ballets that accompany this opera’s captivating melodies and elaborate ensembles.

In French with English supertitles.




Program Notes


Performance Note from the Artistic Director


Lalla Roukh: Reviving Opéra-comique Playlist







Pre-performance talks:

  • Saturday, January 26, 2013, 6:45 p.m. - Kennedy Center South Opera Tier Lounge, with Ryan Brown
  • Thursday, January 31, 2013, 6:30 p.m. - Agnes Varis and Karl Leichtman Studio, just outside of the Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall, with Ryan Brown and musicologist Ralph Locke

Seating for pre-performance talks is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Opera Lafayette thanks Woven History and Silk Road, 311-315 Seventh Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003, for providing some of the props used in Lalla Roukh.