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The lady in question

Though he composed several entries in the newly invented form of opera, Alessandro Stradella was better known for church music including oratorio, dramatizations of Biblical incidents. He set texts sympathetically (and sensuously), and possessed a melodic gift that would have conquered the world in a later age.  Read more »

Lost in Thrace

“Astonishingly convincing” Caitlin Hulcup.

While most of his 40 plus operas await even a single local hearing, Handel’s Radamisto returned to New York for the third time in six years when Opera Lafayette deftly performed this early masterpiece at the Kaye Playhouse Thursday evening in Seán Curran’s spare yet wonderfully effective production.  Read more »

Elopement, Neapolitan style

Stephanie Houtzeel “made the heart ache and the ears tingle.”

Niccolò Jommelli, forgotten now, was quite well known in Italy and southern Germany in his day. There are two reasons to revive one of his operas, as Opera Lafayette has just done, in Washington and in New York, Cerere Placata, a “festa teatrali” of 1771…  Read more »

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.

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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.

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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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