Léonore, ou l'amour conjugal
Pierre Gaveaux, composer
Jean-Nicolas Bouilly, librettist
Opera sung in French with English supertitles
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
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.
Opera Lafayette will perform Gaveaux’s Léonore, ou l'amour conjugal this season, with performances of Beethoven’s version to follow in fall 2017. Both operas in The Leonore Project will feature a Quebecois artistic team and cast of lyric voices to highlight the close relationship between the two works.
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.
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 School of Criminal Justice
524 W 59th Street
New York, NY 10019