Regional Opera Company of the Week: Opera Lafayette
Ryan Brown is the founder, conductor, and artistic director of Opera Lafayette. Through his work with Opera Lafayette, Mr. Brown has become a leading figure in the revival of 18th-century opera. His vivid explorations of the French repertoire in particular have earned him an international reputation, receiving the highest praise from critics in the United States and abroad. Mr. Brown’s vivid explorations of the French repertoire have highlighted the various traditions of the tragédie lyrique, the opéra-ballet, the opéra-comique, the pastorale, and the opéra-giocoso genres. Just last year the New York Times noted that “Opera Lafayette has built a sterling reputation through specializing in rarities by Gluck, Grétry and the like,” and called the company’s February 2011 program, Grétry’s Le Magnifique, “a real find,” praising Ryan Brown for drawing “a stylish performance from an appealing young cast and a fine period-instrument orchestra.”
The 2012-2013 season is already underway with the performance of L’Invitation au Voyage just last month. Be sure to check out the rest of Opera Lafayette’s current season:
Félicien David's Lalla Roukh
January 26, 2013, Washington, DC
January 31, 2013, New York City
For more information about Opera Lafayette company or performances visit their website at http://www.operalafayette.org/.
Photo credit: Louis Forget