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Artists

Ryan Brown, conductor

Nick Olcott, director

Misha Kachman, set designer

Kendra Rai, costume designer

Colin K. Bills, lighting designer

 

Pascale Beaudin, Madame La Présidente

Blandine Staskiewicz, Madame Lek
Alex Dobson, Monsieur Lek

Antonio FigueroaLe Président

Claire Debono, Madame Riss 

Bernard DeletréDon Alphonse

Jeffrey ThompsonMonsieur Riss

 

Opera Lafayette Orchestra

 

 

Current Season

 

 Cosí fan tutte


 Les Femmes Vengées


 Celebrating Rameau Part I: The Salon

Cosi-4800  Cosi-5094

 

*Special Dress Rehearsal* Thursday, January 16, 2014, 7:30 p.m.,
The Kennedy Center Terrace Theater 

 

** SOLD OUT Friday, January 17, 2014, 7:30 p.m., The Kennedy Center Terrace Theater SOLD OUT**

 

Thursday, January 23, 2014, following Così fan tutte,

Rose Theater, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center

Saturday, February 1, 2014, 9:00 p.m., Versailles

Sunday, February 2, 2014, 8:00 p.m., Versailles

 

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Among the precedents for Mozart and Da Ponte’s final masterpiece, Così fan tutte, was Les Femmes Vengées (The Avenging Wives), a 1775 opéra-comique by Philidor and Sedaine. A mirror image of Così’s plot, Les Femmes Vengées continues the story of the four fickle lovers, but this time it's the women who humorously uncover their husband’s infidelities.  

 

On January 16th and 17th, Opera Lafayette presents the American premiere of Les Femmes Vengées as a one-act opera at the Kennedy Center's Terrace 

 

For performances in New York and Versailles, Opera Lafayette will reproduce the innovative set created for Les Femmes Vengées , and concieve and perform Cosi and Les Femmes with the same cast and set as a three-act opera with one continuous story line. 

 

Philidor and Sedaine’s Les Femmes Vengées appeared in Vienna in 1776, a year after its debut in Paris. Mozart’s Così fan tutte was performed in Paris and in French as an opéra-comique thoughout the latter half of the 19th century. Opera Lafayette presents Cosi in this French version to shed new light on a familiar work and to integrate it with one of its most successful forerunners. Les Femmes Vengées will be an American premiere.