David's Lalla Roukh

Opera Lafayette continues its exploration and rediscovery of the repertoire of the Paris Opéra Comique, venturing into the 19th century to present the modern premiere of Félicien David’s important musical landmark of the orientalist movement, based on the poem by the Irish poet Thomas Moore. David’s lush and inventive score, which frames a story set on the road from Delhi to Samarkand, was considered his masterpiece. It held the Paris stage for twenty years after its debut in 1862, where it shared the stage with an opera by Monsigny. Opera Lafayette’s production features a collaboration with Kalanidhi Dance, which will bring a ravishing visual element to the ballets that accompany this opera’s captivating melodies and elaborate ensembles.


The New York Times, "A Test Before the Vows ‘Lalla Roukh,’ at the Rose Theater," Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, February 3, 2013 | Read Full Review

The Washington Post, "Lalla Roukh at the Kennedy Center: If it ain’t baroque, don’t fix it," Anne Midgette, January 23, 2013 | Read Full Review

Superconductor Classical and Opera, "The Golden Road to Samarkand: Opera Lafayette unearths Félicien David's Lalla Roukh," Paul J. Pelkonen, February 2, 2013 | Read Full Review





Washington, DC:
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Eisenhower Theater, The Kennedy Center

New York City:
Thursday, January 31, 2012
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater Frederick P. Rose Hall