Léonore, ou l'amour conjugal

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

©Suzan Reed Graphics

©Suzan Reed Graphics

Kimy Mc Laren, Léonore
Jean-Michel Richer, Florestan
Tomislav Lavoie, Roc
Pascale Beaudin, Marceline
Dominique Côté, Pizare
Keven Geddes, Jacquino
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

Before Fidelio, Ludwig van Beethoven wrote Léonore, ou l'amour conjugal, a version he modeled on an opera by Pierre Gaveaux and Jean-Nicolas Bouilly. Both the Beethoven and Gaveaux works are grounded in the tradition of 18th-century opéra comique. A long-time champion of this French genre, Opera Lafayette aims to recapture the origins of Fidelio, a touchstone of the operatic canon. 

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. 

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Washington, DC

Sunday, February, 19, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

Single Tickets: $130 - $25

Lisner Auditorium at
George Washington University
730 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20052


New York, NY

Thursday, February 23, 2017, 7:30 pm.

Single Tickets: $150-$25

Gerald W. Lynch Theater
John Jay College
524 W 59th Street
New York, NY 10019

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