Opera and the French Revolution

With the French Revolution raging in the streets, how did the artistic milieu of Paris react? Opera Lafayette explores operas that held the stage in the 1790s and reflect the tumultuous emotions of the period. Opera and the French Revolution, a fully-staged program featuring The Opera Lafayette Orchestra and Chorus, sets three dramatic scenes from classical Greek tragedies: Sapho by Jean-Paul-Égide Martini (a modern premiere), Médée by Luigi Cherubini, and Œdipe à Colone by Antonio Sacchini.


The Washington Post, "Opera Lafayette delves into the French Revolution," Charles T. Downey, May 1, 2016 | Read Full Review

The New York Times, "Opera Lafayette’s Potent Triumvirate of Daughter, Lover and Mother," Zachary Woolfe, May 2, 2016 | Read Full Review

NY Theatre Guide, "Opera and the French Revolution’ at Lincoln Center," Jacquelyn Claireon, May 05, 2016 | Read Full Review

Voce di Meche, "Opera Lafayette Looks at the French Revolution," Meche Kroop, May 3, 2016 | Read Full Review

The Opera Critic, "An enticing operatic sampler," Arlene Judith Klotzko, May 2016 |
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Washington, DC:
Friday, April 29, 2016
Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University

New York City:
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater Frederick P. Rose Hall

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