Regional Opera Company of the Week: Opera Lafayette
BroadwayWorld.com, the largest theatre site on the net, continues its expansion into other areas of entertainment with our latest feature -The Regional Opera Company of the Week!
This week's featured Opera Company is Opera Lafayette in Washington, DC!
Opera Lafayette is an American period-instrument ensemble focused on the French 17th and 18th century opera repertoire and its precursors, influences and artistic legacy.
Given the focus of the companies work, they are committed to rediscovering masterpieces of the past. Opera Lafayette inspires a love of this repertoire by presenting rediscovered masterpieces and creating a recorded legacy of its work.
Founded in 1995 in Washington, DC, Opera Lafayette presents concert opera, concert opera with dance, and semi- and fully-staged operas. They have earned critical acclaim and a loyal following of both their performances and recordings with international singers renowned for their interpretations of baroque and classical operas. While the company was founded in Washington DC, it does not only perform there. Opera Lafayette's season includes performances at major venues in Washington, DC, and New York City. Among these venues are such well-known places as the Kennedy Center, The Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall. At the invitation of Château de Versailles Spectacles, Opera Lafayette made its international debut at the Opéra Royal just this past February (2012) with the modern world premiere of Monsigny’s Le Roi et le fermier.
Opera Lafayette is committed to teaching 17th and 18th century musical traditions to the next generation of artists, and to cultivating an appreciation of this music among new audiences of all ages. Their main focus is making opera accessible to the general public, families, young people and underserved audiences.
The company provides educational and outreach programs and performances in low cost alternative venues in order to allow everyone the opportunity to see their work. Opera Lafayette has built a reputation for providing performances and recordings with international Singers renowned for their interpretations of baroque and classical operas.