Grétry's L'Épreuve Villageoise

L'Épreuve Villageoise tells the tale of a country belle (Denise) and her mother (Madame Hubert) who set out to settle scores with two amorous suitors.  Denise’s beau is an honest farmer (André) with a jealous disposition, while the vain overseer from the nearby plantation (LaFrance) must be punished for switching his attentions from the mother to the daughter.  In song and dance, the women thoroughly frustrate and confuse the men until each has learned his lesson. Along the way, Denise discovers the sincerity of her feelings for André.

Reviews

The New York Times, "L’Épreuve Villageoise,’ a Rare Gem, at Gould Hall," Anthony Tommasini, May 28, 2015 | Read Full Review

The Washington Post, "Exhuming ‘L’Épreuve Villageoise’ for a fun evening, with a tried and true story," Anne Midgette, May 31, 2015 | Read Full Review

Opera News, "L’Épreuve Villageoise," May 27, 2015 | Read Full Review

 

Washington, DC:
Saturday, May 30, 2015 (two performances)
Terrace Theater, The Kennedy Center

New York City:
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Florence Gould Hall, French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)