Opera Lafayette is an American period instrument ensemble focused on the French 18th-century opera repertoire and its precursors, influences, and artistic legacy. Opera Lafayette inspires a love of this repertoire by presenting rediscovered masterpieces and creating a recorded legacy of its work. Opera Lafayette performs at the highest level of artistic excellence in major theaters in Washington, New York, and international venues. Opera Lafayette educates and creates new audiences for its repertoire by making opera accessible to the general public, families, young people, and underserved audiences through its educational and outreach programs and performances in low-cost alternative venues.
Opera Lafayette, an American period instrument company, has earned critical acclaim for its performances and recordings featuring The Opera Lafayette Orchestra and renowned singers for the interpretations of rediscovered 18th- and 19th-century operatic masterpieces. The company, known for its modern American and World Premieres, presents concert, semi-staged, and staged operas in imaginative and inventive productions of the historical repertoire, illuminating the contemporary relevance of the works together with their original appeal. Based in Washington, DC, where its three seasonal performances usually take place at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the company has expanded its horizons since 2014 to include New York City where its full season is now also regularly produced at venues throughout Manhattan.
Opera Lafayette gained international fame, when, at the invitation of Château de Versailles Spectacles, it performed twice, in 2012 and 2014, at the Opéra Royal in Versailles, France, closing with five sold-out performances. Central to the company’s mission is creating a recorded legacy of the timeless repertoire Opera Lafayette brings back to life. Currently the company’s discography on the Naxos label is comprised of twelve releases. Opera Lafayette’s first video, Rameau’s Les Fêtes de L’Hymen et de L’Amour, will be released in 2017-2018. These recordings underscore the company’s artistic mastery and are just one resource Opera Lafayette uses to build a public appreciation of this repertoire.