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Opera Lafayette: <i>Sancho Pança</i>

Opera Lafayette: Sancho Pança

Monday, May 24, 2010 7:30 PM

Opera Lafayette is pleased to present the American premiere performance of Philidor's delightful comic opera Sancho Pança.

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Ryan Brown, conductor and artistic director

François-André Philidor's Sancho Pança, Gouverneur dans l'Isle de Barataria is a French opéra bouffon in which a cast of hilarious commedia dell'Arte-inspired characters plot to cure Sancho of his delusions of grandeur.  This opera, highly popular in Europe in its time, will have its first showing in the United States, 247 years after it was written.  The performance will be semi-staged and features the brilliant young baritone Darren Perry in the title role.  The original script in English is by Nick Olcott, based on the comedy by Poinsinet, and stage direction is by Catherine Turocy.
Sung in French with English surtitles and dialogue.  Timing: 80 minutes, without intermission.

  Sancho Pança - Darren Perry
  Thérèse - Elizabeth Calleo
  Lope Tocho, Le Fermier - Karim Sulayman
  Juliette, La Bergère - Meghan McCall
  Le Docteur, Don Crispinos - Tony Boutté
  Torillos - Eric C. Black
  With actor John Lescault; members of Opera Lafayette's Young Artists Program; 
    and the Opera Lafayette Orchestra
Note:  There will be a free pre-performance talk with music by Philidor at 6 p.m. Terrace Theater