He's been holding onto this secret for years. On November 14th, it's finally revealed.
LA Opera proudly presents our inaugural On Now event: the virtual company premiere of The Anonymous Lover, an unjustly neglected 1780 chamber opera by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges.
This comic romance tells the story of Léontine, a beautiful young widow who has become disillusioned with love. Despite her best efforts to remain happily in solitude, she soon finds herself as an unexpected recipient of numerous letters and gifts from an unknown man professing his undying passion for her. This amuses her friend Valcour, who also claims to have no interest in romance. But now, after hiding his true feelings for years, Valcour works up the courage to reveal that he himself is the devoted secret admirer.
Conducted by Music Director James Conlon and directed by Bruce Lemon, Jr., in a socially distanced stage setting that blends both modern film and traditional opera staging, the performance features singers from the company's young artist program, led by tenor Robert Stahley and soprano Tiffany Townsend.
This production was available to watch between November 14th and November 29th. Even if you missed the show, you can always explore all the podcasts, blog posts, and behind-the-scenes videos we have for The Anonymous Lover any time (even after the stream-by date) here.