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Mar 24, 2016 7:00 PM

OPERA LAFAYETTE - Lecture & Performance

Ryan Brown, conductor and artistic director of Opera Lafayette and historian, Judith A. Miller, Associate Professor of History, Emory University, explore the operatic Greek tragedies of Sapho, Médée, and Œdipe à Colone performed during the French Revolution. With the French Revolution raging in the streets, how did the artistic milieu of Paris react?

This lecture is based on Opera Lafayette’s full length production at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater. While musicologists have written extensively about music and the French Revolution in the last decade, performances of many of these works have yet to be heard in New York. Martini’s Sapho will be a modern premiere. The Lecture looks at three dramatic scenes from classical Greek tragedies set by Martini, Cherubini and Sacchini. These operas held the stage for multiple performances in the 1790s and reflect the tumultuous times of the French Revolution. They hope to shed light on how music expresses feelings about important societal events that may not be able to expressed in the course of daily life, and how this is important not only for creators but for audiences. 

Ryan Brown is a recipient of La Medaille d’Or du Rayonnement Culturel from La Renaissance Française. 

Future plans for this project include a fully staged presentation of the program with soloists, orchestra and chorus at Lisner auditorium at George Washington University on April 29th and the upcoming Rose Theater at Lincoln Center concert on May 1 mentioned above. The lecture will feature music from their production performed by a soprano, Raquel Gonzalez and pianist Kathy Detwiler from the Opera Lafayette Company.

Raquel González Biography:

Soprano Raquel González from Lawrence, Kansas is in her second season at Washington National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, where she sings Micaëla in the Emerging Artist Performance of Carmen and The Sandman in Hansel and Gretel. She then makes her role debut as Desdemona in Otello with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and returns to The Glimmerglass Festival as Mimì in La Bohème. In the 2014-2015 season she performed the role of Mimì in the WNO Emerging Artist performance of La Bohème. She also appeared as Sister Claire and covered Blanche de la Force in Dialogues of the Carmelites. As a 2015 Young Artist at The Glimmerglass Festival, Ms. González sang First Lady in The Magic Flute. As a Gerdine Young Artist at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, she appeared in the world premiere of Terence Blanchard's Champion and returned to OTSL in the summer of 2014 as a Festival Artist singing First Lady (The Magic Flute) and covering Blanche de la Force (Dialogues of the Carmelites).At The Juilliard School Ms. González was seen as Tatiana (Eugene Onegin), Arminda (La finta giardiniera), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), and Mélisse (Armide). She spent several summers at the Chautauqua Institution singing such roles as Magda (La Rondine), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Adina (L'elisir d'amore), and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi).In concert, she has appeared with the New York Festival of Song at Alice Tully Hall where she also appeared several times with William Christie and Juilliard415. Ms. González was the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and made her debut with the New York Philharmonic as soprano soloist in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall. A 2014 Eastern Region Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, she has also been awarded prizes from the Liederkranz Foundation and the Gerda Lissner Foundation. She earned her master's degree as a Toulmin Scholar from The Juilliard School, where she also completed her undergraduate studies.


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Mar 24, 2016 7:00 PM


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