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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 
(A benefit to celebrate Opera Lafayette's 20th Anniversary Season will directly follow this performance)


Saturday, May 30, 2015 - Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.


Opera Lafayette has been selected by the National Endowment for the Arts to receive a $25,000 grant in support Grétry's L'Épreuve Villageoise.



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Opera Lafayette’s 20th anniversary season closes with an opera that delighted audiences during the late 18th and 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 at the historic Saint Peter Street Theatre. 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: 

Sophie Junker - Denise
(5/28 - 7:00 p.m., 5/30 - 7:30 p.m.)
Pascale Beaudin - Denise
(5/27 - 7:30 p.m., 5/30 - 2:00 p.m.)
Talise Trevigne – Madame Hubert *
Thomas Dolié – La France
Francisco Fernández-Rueda – André


Opera Lafayette Orchestra and Chorus
Ryan Brown, Conductor
Nick Olcott, Director
Kendra Rai, costumes
Luciana Stecconi, scenic design
A.J. Guban, lighting
Aaron R. White, choreography


Presented in partnership with the French Institute Alliance Française


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