Scarlatti | Geminiani
Alessandro Scarlatti’s Erminia and Francesco Geminiani’s La forêt enchantée (The Enchanted Forest)

Torquato Tasso's epic poem Jerusalem Delivered is a classic tale of love, bravery, and combat. Our program offered a look at how two baroque composers, Alessandro Scarlatti and Francesco Geminiani, interpret this passionate tale. In the first half of the production, the American premiere of Alessandro Scarlatti’s last major secular vocal work, Erminia, the titular princess seeks refuge from the wounds of love in the midst of battle. The second half of the program brought to life Francesco Geminiani’s most famous instrumental composition, La forêt enchantée (The Enchanted Forest)performed in its original version as a dance pantomime, choreographed by the extraordinary Anuradha Nehru with Kalanidhi Dance. This embodiment of magic left audiences spellbound.

In Washington, DC
Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Terrace Theater, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

In New York City
Friday, February 2, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Gerald W. Lynch Theater, John Jay College

Reviews

"So enterprising that you applaud the idea as much as the achievement." | Read Full Review 
Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times, February 4, 2018

"Opera Lafayette’s double-bill delivers a striking cross-cultural success." | Read Full Review
Charles Downey, Washington Classical Review, January 31, 2018

"Ryan Brown led a lively performance on period instruments and deserves kudos for dreaming up a way for audiences to enjoy these unique pieces together." | Read Full Review
Joanne Lessner, Opera News, February 2, 2018