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 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 professes to have no interest in affairs of the heart. 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 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
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.