Wednesday, May 27, 2015- 7:30 p.m., Florence Gould Hall, French Institute Alliance Française *
Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 7:00 p.m., Florence Gould Hall, French Institute Alliance Française *
Saturday, May 30, 2015 - Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Opera Lafayette’s 20th anniversary season closes with an opera that delighted audiences during the early 19th century, not only in an opera-rich Europe, but also in the young American cities of New Orleans and New York. With an extraordinary cast hailing from the three nations whose cultures animated New Orleans at the time – France, Spain, and the United States – Opera Lafayette re-imagines a performance by the storied Théatre d’Orléans. In contrast to the court opera of Rameau, Grétry’s L’Épreuve Villageoise depicts the trials and tribulations of a small country town. The rustic story and charming musical composition blend beautifully, emphasizing an essential aspect of Grétry’s operas that helped ensure his place as one of the 18th century’s most admired composers.
Cast to include:
Emmanuelle de Negri – Denise
Nick Olcott, Director
Presented in partnership with the French Institute Alliance Française