Opera Lafayette presents: Pierre Alexandre Monsigny's Le Déserteur

Thursday, January 29, 2009, 7:30 PM



Run Time:

Approx. 2-1/2 hours

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Opera Lafayette
Ryan Brown, artistic director and conductor

Washington, D.C.-based Opera Lafayette makes its Kennedy Center debut with the modern American
premiere of Pierre Alexandre Monsigny's Le Déserteur (1769), a brilliant 18th century opéra-comique 
that helped set in motion the Romantic movement in Europe and America.

In this forerunner of the "rescue" opera, the resourceful heroine Louise wins a pardon from the king for
her fiancé Alexis, who is accused of desertion from the army after he was tricked into believing that she
had married another.  Lilting melodies sung in French and English dialogue advance the story, as
Louise extricates her beloved from prison and a death sentence.  Le Déserteur owes its extensive
performance history in both Europe and North America to its graceful sentiment, romantic parody,
intellectual radicalism, and powerful humanitarian ideas.

This concert performance features baritone William Sharp and soprano Dominique Labelle, with
artistic director Ryan Brown conducting the 31-piece period instrument Opera Lafayette Orchestra.
The renowned New York Baroque Dance Company artistic director and choreographer Catherine
Turocy directs the opera ensemble and actor John Lescault.

Performed in French and English.  Timing: 2 hours, 20 minutes, including one intermission.

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