He's been hanging on to this secret for years.
LA Opera proudly presents the company premiere of The Anonymous Lover (L'amant anonyme), a charming 1780 chamber opera by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges.
The comic romance tells the story of Léontine, a beautiful young widow so disillusioned with the idea of love that she flees Paris for a quiet life in the country. During the eight months since her arrival in the peaceful retreat, she has received a steady stream of letters and gifts from an unknown man professing his undying passion. This amuses her confidant, Vicomte Valcour, who similarly professes to have no interest in pursuing affairs of the heart. But now, after hiding his true feelings for nearly a decade, Valcour works up the courage to reveal that he himself is Léontine’s devoted secret admirer. Will his confession sway a heart sworn to resist all affection?
Conducted by James Conlon and directed by Bruce Lemon, Jr., in a socially distanced stage setting, the performance will be streamed online to reach a wide audience, while the opera is performed live at the Colburn School’s Zipper Hall on November 14, 2020.
"Sparkling originality...astonishing musical and dramatic complexity...razor-sharp comic precision"
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Performed in French with English subtitles
Running time: approximately one hour, performed without intermission