The not so great outdoors

Allegra De Vita, a full ruby-rich mezzo.

Washington DC’s ever-adventurous Opera Lafayette has been coming to New York City regularly for a number of years and its latest program was performed Friday night at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College and brought together two rare works adapted from La Gerusalemme liberata: Alessandro Scarlatti’s Erminia and Francesco Geminiani’s La forêt enchantée. For all the company’s good intentions this opera-dance combo was not one of its happiest outings.  Read more »

French tickler

The concert presented by Opera Lafayette at the Alliance Française last Friday and Saturday was devoted to music of witty, short-lived Emmanuel Chabrier, notably Une Éducation Manquée. This operetta-comique (given precisely once in Chabrier’s brief lifetime and never orchestrated) included four or five numbers to piano accompaniment, outlining about five minutes worth of plot.  Read more »

Journey to Italy

Since its founding 20 years ago, Washington, DC-based Opera Lafayette has devoted its considerable imagination and energy to reviving lesser-known 17th and 18th century French operas. However, a sizzling, satisfying Catone in Utica by Vivaldi at the Lynch Theater at John Jay College boldly argued that the group might profitably expand its horizons by tackling further enticing Italian exhumations.   Read more »

Disguise and dolls

While many performing arts organizations have been reducing their schedules or even closing, Opera Lafayette, a Washington DC-based group dedicated primarily to 17th and 18th century opera, has proven remarkably prosperous.

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