Menu: Plaisirs

Menu: Plaisirs

French Institute Alliance Française (map)

Reserve tickets
*Single tickets will go on sale in September

Performance to be sung in French with English supertitles

U.S. Premiere Production from Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse in Lyon

Cast:
Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, tenor
Jamal Moqadem, piano
Ryan Brown, violin
Daniel Swenburg, theorbo

Jean Lacornerie, stage director
Thierry Collet, creator of magic

Pleasure is on Opera Lafayette’s menu for the first performance of the 2016-2017 season. Tenor Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, universally acknowledged as one of the foremost interpreters of the French baroque repertoire, invites you to journey with him through music from the 17th to the 20th-century. Watch as he magically transforms from one character into another, and revel as this showman performs songs and arias he has made famous throughout the world, including on Opera Lafayette’s stages and recordings. 

 

Menu: Plaisirs

Menu: Plaisirs

La Maison Française, Embassy of France (map)

Reserve tickets
*Single tickets will go on sale in September

Performance to be sung in French with English supertitles

U.S. Premiere Production from Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse in Lyon

Cast:
Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, tenor
Jamal Moqadem, piano
Ryan Brown, violin
Daniel Swenburg, theorbo

Jean Lacornerie, stage director
Thierry Collet, creator of magic

Pleasure is on Opera Lafayette’s menu for the first performance of the 2016-2017 season. Tenor Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, universally acknowledged as one of the foremost interpreters of the French baroque repertoire, invites you to journey with him through music from the 17th to the 20th-century. Watch as he magically transforms from one character into another, and revel as this showman performs songs and arias he has made famous throughout the world, including on Opera Lafayette’s stages and recordings. 

Menu: Plaisirs

Menu: Plaisirs

La Maison Française, Embassy of France (map)

Reserve tickets
*Single tickets will go on sale in September

Performance to be sung in French with English supertitles

U.S. Premiere Production from Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse in Lyon

Cast:
Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, tenor
Jamal Moqadem, piano
Ryan Brown, violin
Daniel Swenburg, theorbo

Jean Lacornerie, stage director
Thierry Collet, creator of magic

Pleasure is on Opera Lafayette’s menu for the first performance of the 2016-2017 season. Tenor Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, universally acknowledged as one of the foremost interpreters of the French baroque repertoire, invites you to journey with him through music from the 17th to the 20th-century. Watch as he magically transforms from one character into another, and revel as this showman performs songs and arias he has made famous throughout the world, including on Opera Lafayette’s stages and recordings. 

Léonore, ou l'amour conjugal

Léonore, ou l'amour conjugal

Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University (map)

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*Single tickets will go on sale in September

Pierre Gaveaux, composer
Jean-Nicolas Bouilly, librettist
Opera sung in French with English supertitles

Cast:
Kimy McLaren, Léonore
Jean-Michel Richer, Florestan
Tomislav Lavoie, Rocco
Pascale Beaudin, Marcelline
Dominique Côté, Pizarro
Kevin Geddes, Jaquino
Alexandre Sylvestre, Dom Fernand

Opera Lafayette Orchestra and Chorus

Ryan Brown, conductor
Oriol Tomas, stage director
Laurence Mongeau, set and costume designer
Julie Basse, lighting designer

Revolution is in the air. A political prisoner awaits death in his cell. A woman puts herself in mortal danger to seek justice. Bouilly’s French libretto, rich with themes that are relevant today, may be familiar to many. Some will recognize music in Gaveaux’s version which foreshadows the Beethoven. From the loneliness of Florestan’s dungeon to the triumphal reunion of husband and wife, everyone will be captivated by this setting of a timeless and inspiring story.

Léonore, ou l'amour conjugal

Léonore, ou l'amour conjugal

Reserve tickets
*Single tickets will go on sale in September

Pierre Gaveaux, composer
Jean-Nicolas Bouilly, librettist
Opera sung in French with English supertitles

Cast:
Kimy McLaren, Léonore
Jean-Michel Richer, Florestan
Tomislav Lavoie, Rocco
Pascale Beaudin, Marcelline
Dominique Côté, Pizarro
Kevin Geddes, Jaquino
Alexandre Sylvestre, Dom Fernand

Opera Lafayette Orchestra and Chorus

Ryan Brown, conductor
Oriol Tomas, stage director
Laurence Mongeau, set and costume designer
Julie Basse, lighting designer

Revolution is in the air. A political prisoner awaits death in his cell. A woman puts herself in mortal danger to seek justice. Bouilly’s French libretto, rich with themes that are relevant today, may be familiar to many. Some will recognize music in Gaveaux’s version which foreshadows the Beethoven. From the loneliness of Florestan’s dungeon to the triumphal reunion of husband and wife, everyone will be captivated by this setting of a timeless and inspiring story.

Les Indes Galantes – Part IV

Les Indes Galantes – Part IV

Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University (map)

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Jean-Philippe Rameau, composer
Louis Fuzelier, librettist

Cast:
Sherezade Panthaki, Zima
Victor Sicard, Adario
Robert Getchell, Damon
TBA, Don Alvar

Opera Lafayette Orchestra
Gallery Voices, Rosa Lamoreaux, Artistic Director

Ryan Brown, conductor

Set in North America, this multinational love story finds a Frenchman, a Spaniard, and an American Indian, vying for the hand of Zima, daughter of a chief. She chooses Adario, and all celebrate in “Forêts paisibles” (“Peaceful forests”), an idyllic depiction of diverse cultures living in harmony with nature and one another. This ballet héroïque was inspired by an 18th-century visit of American Indian chiefs to France, and the work was performed both as the last entrée of Les Indes Galantes and by itself. Opera Lafayette opens the program with a suite from other entrées of Les Indes Galantes. Together, the cast, Opera Lafayette Orchestra, and Gallery Voices, an acclaimed chamber vocal ensemble, highlight the incomparably rich music of this most famously gifted of French composers. 

Les Indes Galantes – Part IV

Les Indes Galantes – Part IV

Reserve tickets
*Single tickets will go on sale in September

Jean-Philippe Rameau, composer
Louis Fuzelier, librettist

Cast:
Sherezade Panthaki, Zima
Victor Sicard, Adario
Robert Getchell, Damon
TBA, Don Alvar

Opera Lafayette Orchestra
Gallery Voices, Rosa Lamoreaux, Artistic Director

Ryan Brown, conductor

Set in North America, this multinational love story finds a Frenchman, a Spaniard, and an American Indian, vying for the hand of Zima, daughter of a chief. She chooses Adario, and all celebrate in “Forêts paisibles” (“Peaceful forests”), an idyllic depiction of diverse cultures living in harmony with nature and one another. This ballet héroïque was inspired by an 18th-century visit of American Indian chiefs to France, and the work was performed both as the last entrée of Les Indes Galantes and by itself. Opera Lafayette opens the program with a suite from other entrées of Les Indes Galantes. Together, the cast, Opera Lafayette Orchestra, and Gallery Voices, an acclaimed chamber vocal ensemble, highlight the incomparably rich music of this most famously gifted of French composers.