Our acclaimed digital production is available to watch for a limited time.
LA Opera proudly presents The Anonymous Lover (L'Amant Anonyme), an unjustly neglected 1780 chamber opera by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, a pioneering Black composer who was a contemporary of Mozart and subject of the recent acclaimed film Chevalier.
The comic romance tells the story of Léontine, a beautiful young widow who has become disillusioned with love. Much to her surprise, she receives a steady stream of letters and gifts from an unknown man professing his undying passion. 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. Will his (inevitably awkward) confession sway a woman sworn to resist all affairs of the heart?
Directed by Bruce A. Lemon, Jr., in a socially distanced stage setting that blends both modern film and traditional opera staging, the performance will be streamed online, to reach a wide audience, with the cast and musicians performing at the Colburn School’s Zipper Hall. Bologne's brilliant score is conducted by Music Director James Conlon, leading the LA Opera Orchestra in a separately recorded session.
Click here to read James Conlon's program note on The Anonymous Lover.
Click here to read a note from director Bruce A. Lemon, Jr.
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"Sparkling originality...astonishing musical and dramatic complexity...razor-sharp comic precision"
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Sung in French (subtitled in English), with dialogues spoken in English translation.
Estimated running time: one hour and 45 minutes, including one 10-minute intermission.
Production made possible with generous support from the Colburn Foundation.
Special production support from Lawrence A. Kern.
The singers in the cast are all members of the company's young artist program.
LA Opera's Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program is generously underwritten by the Colburn Foundation, Eugene and Marilyn Stein, and Richard and Lenore Wayne.
The Anonymous Lover is produced and streamed in partnership with the Colburn School, which will concurrently and collaboratively engage in a performance-based exploration of the works and legacy of Joseph Bologne.
By arrangement with Opera Ritrovata, publisher and copyright owner; engraving and editing by George N. Gianopoulos, Stephen Karr, Leila Núñez-Fredell, and Mishkar Núñez-Fredell.
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