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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 comes to a close with an opera that delighted audiences during the late 18th and early 19th century, not only in opera-rich Europe, but also in the young American cities of New Orleans and New York. With a cast hailing from the three nations whose cultures animated New Orleans at the time – France, Spain, and the United States – Opera Lafayette re-imagines Grétry's 1784 L'Épreuve Villageoise as a touring production from New Orleans' earliest opera house, the Saint Peter Street Theatre.

Set in a Cajun village, The Village Trial tells the tale of a country belle (Denise) and her mother (Madame Hubert) who set out to settle scores with two amorous suitors.


The younger woman's beau is an honest farmer (André) with a jealous disposition, while the vain overseer from the nearby plantation (La France) must be punished for switching his attentions from the mother to the daughter.  In lively song and dance, the women play the men off against each other until each has learned his lesson. Along the way, Denise learns a lesson about jealousy, and discovers the sincerity of her feelings for André.


Set during the Courir de Mardi Gras (rural Louisiana's colorful answer to New Orleans' wild festivities), this production will feature on-stage musicians, delightful period costumes, folk-inspired dances, and Grétry's charming music.


Read the Program Notes.


Join us for our pre-concert lectures before both performances in DC, and our post-concert lecture after the May 27 performance in NY. 


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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Presented in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States

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