He's been hanging on to this secret for years.
LA Opera proudly presents The Anonymous Lover (L'Amant Anonyme), an unjustly neglected 1780 chamber opera by a true musical pioneer: Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, a contemporary of Mozart who is widely regarded as the first Black classical composer known to history.
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?
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 will be streamed online, to reach a wide audience, with the cast and musicians performing at the Colburn School’s Zipper Hall.
The Anonymous Lover will be available to watch from Saturday, November 14th at 5pm to November 29th at 11:59pm(PST) - Get your free ticket below for access.
"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, 45 minutes.
Production made possible with generous support from the Colburn Foundation.
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.