Opera Lafayette is an opera company based in Washington, D.C., that produces French operas from the 17th and 18th centuries. It was founded in 1995 by Ryan Brown and splits its season between Washington and New York City.

Opera Lafayette is the nation’s only American period instrument opera company which performs its entire season in Washington, DC and New York City.

Upcoming Performances

Scarlatti | Geminiani

Washington, DC: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 and
Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Terrace Theater, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

New York City: Friday, February 2, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Gerald W. Lynch Theater, John Jay College

Torquato Tasso's epic poem Jerusalem Delivered is a classic tale of love, bravery, and combat. Our program offers a look at how two baroque composers, Alessandro Scarlatti and Francesco Geminiani, interpret this passionate tale.

In the first half of the production, the American premiere of Alessandro Scarlatti’s last major secular vocal work, Erminia, the titular princess seeks refuge from the wounds of love in the midst of battle. Will she find solace and safety?

The second half of the program brings to life Francesco Geminiani’s most famous instrumental composition, La forêt enchantée (The Enchanted Forest) performed in its original version as a dance pantomime, choreographed by the extraordinary Anuradha Nehru with Kalanidhi Dance. Enchantresses are conjured to keep the wood of the forest from being used for weapons - will the charm be broken? This embodiment of magic will leave you spellbound. 

 

Visitors to Versailles

Washington, DC: Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Terrace Theater, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

New York City: Thursday, May 3, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Our final program is a musical journey through the reigns of Louis XIV, XV, and XVI, featuring music from Lully’s Acis et Galatée to Grétry’s Richard, Cœur de Lion, inspired by The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition Visitors to Versailles (1682 – 1789).