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Coming This Month
Armonia Nova

The Bach Sinfonia

The Folger Consort

The Good Pennyworths

Opera Lafayette


January 4 at 6:00 PM
Historic Christ Church, Alexandria, VA

Armonia Nova
Twelfth Night: A Celebration of Epiphany & the Winter Solstice

January 9 at 8:00 PM
January 10 at 8:00 PM
Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC

The Folger Consort with soprano Rosa Lamoreaux, the National Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, and Baroque orchestra led by violinist Robert Mealy
Gloria: Music of Vivaldi

Venice, the beautiful city on the water, was also a place of great musical influence and home to Baroque master Antonio Vivaldi. His most famous sacred piece, the Gloria, is a brilliant example of his inventive, dramatic, and energetic style. This masterpiece is performed with its introductory movements for soprano and orchestra and complemented by other virtuoso works for Baroque orchestra, choir, and soloists in the magnificent space of Washington National Cathedral.

For more information, call (202) 544-7077.

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January 24 at 10:00 AM
La Maison Française, The Embassy of France, Washington, DC

Opéra-Comique, From 18th-Century France to Post-Revolutionary America: A Seminar with Music

This provocative seminar explores the milieu of 18th-century opéra-comique as the background to Opera Lafayette's modern American premiere presentation of Le Déserteur (1769). Through its graceful sentiment, romantic parody, intellectual radicalism, and powerful humanitarian ideals, late 18th-century opéra-comique transferred the spirit of the French Revolution to American shores and with it the first waves of European Romanticism. Popular on both continents, the works of Monsigny, Grétry, and others created the "rescue opera" and set the stage for works such as Beethoven's Fidelio.

Opera Lafayette Conductor and Artistic Director Ryan Brown and noted musicologists and authors Professor Raphaëlle Legrand from Paris, Dr. Nizam Kettaneh, and Dr. Elise Kirk discuss examples of this popular genre, in particular composer Monsigny and librettist Sedaine's Le Déserteur. The New York Baroque Dance Company Artistic Director and Choreographer Catherine Turocy speaks to the role of dance and the style of stage action. Musical excerpts are performed by members of the Opera Lafayette Young Artists Program and instrumentalists of Opera Lafayette.

For more information, call (202) 546-9332.

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January 24 at 4:00 PM
Georgetown Lutheran Church, Washington, DC

The Good Pennyworths
Love, Lust, Longing, Loss

Erika Lloyd, soprano
Alane Marco, mezzo soprano
Matt Leisy, tenor
Garald Farnham, baritone & lutes

Pop music, Elizabethan-style! NYC’s The Good Pennyworths, Renaissance vocal quartet with lute, perform bawdy ballads, lovelorn laments, and satirical ditties -- lute songs that were the "pop music" of Queen Elizabeth I’s England. Featuring music by John Dowland, Thomas Campion, Thomas Morley, Philip Rosseter and more, with lyrics by William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, and Ben Jonson.

For more information, call (202) 337-9070.

January 24 at 8:00 PM
Woodside United Methodist Church, Silver Spring, MD

The Bach Sinfonia
Jennifer Ellis Kampani, soprano
Richard Savino, baroque guitar
Arded Corazón: Sacred and Secular Music from Spain and the Americas

The concert will include songs by such noted native Spanish composers as Hidalgo and Duron, as well as works from the Americas by Padilla, Arajuo and Zumaya.

For more information, call (301) 362-6525.

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January 29 at 7:30 PM
Terrace Theater, The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC

Opera Lafayette
Le Déserteur

Opera Lafayette makes its Kennedy Center debut with the modern American premiere of Le Déserteur, a brilliant example of 18th-century opéra-comique by composer Pierre Alexandre Monsigny and librettist Michel-Jean Sedaine that helped set in motion the Romantic movement in Europe and America.

A trick is played on the soldier Alexis, and the false impression that his fiancée Louise has married another disrupts his furlough. Distraught and alone, Alexis is accused of desertion and thrown into prison. When Louise visits him there, he understands that she still loves him. To her horror, Louise realizes that Alexis faces execution. The scene is interrupted by a comic episode with a jailed drunkard. Louise throws herself at the feet of the king, who is visiting his troops, and she pleads for royal clemency. After a dramatic final scene in prison, all is resolved in the public square. Lilting melodies sung in French are interspersed with dialogues and new narrations in English penned by Nick Olcott.

The performance features baritone William Sharp as Alexis and soprano Dominique Labelle as Louise, with Artistic Director Ryan Brown conducting the 31-piece, period-instrument Opera Lafayette Orchestra. The renowned baroque dance authority Catherine Turocy directs the ensemble’s stage movement, with actor John Lescault and dancer Caroline Copeland providing dramatic action.

For more information, call (202) 546-9332.

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January 31 at 2:00 PM
Sprenger Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC

Opera Lafayette
Le Déserteur: A Family/Community Concert

Opera Lafayette is pleased to offer a family/community concert of Le Déserteur, with baritone Darren Perry as Alexis and members of the Opera Lafayette Young Artists program in some of the lead roles. A brief pre-performance talk by Opera Lafayette Conductor and Artistic Director Ryan Brown takes place at the start of the performance.

For more information, call (202) 546-9332.

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