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    Léonore ou L'Amour conjugal at Opera Lafayette, Washington, DC

    Lénore ou L'Amour conjugal by Pierre Gaveaux at Opera Lafayette, Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC

    This review is for the performance of Sunday afternoon, 19 February, 2017

    Conductor: Ryan Brown
    Director: Oriol Tomas

    Cast:

    Léonore/Fidélio: Kimy Mc Laren
    Florestan: Jean-Michel Richer
    Roc: Tomislav Lavoie
    Marceline: Pascale Beaudin
    Pizare: Dominique Côté
    Jacquino: Keven Geddes
    Dom Fernand: Alexandre Sylvestre


    Attending this opera, which is, according to the program notes, considered "emblematic of a persistently neglected category of dramatic repertory - the dialogue opera of the French revolutionary period". Needless to say, this was new to me.

    The opera, which closely tracks the story of Beethoven's Fidelio that many of us know so well is, in fact, a very dialogue intense piece of lyric theater. There were, on occasion, what seemed to be 10 minutes of spoken dialog before the orchestra would raise their instruments. The opera takes a bit of getting used to since the partitur, dating to 1798, was composed in a much different and decidedly laconic style compared with the heroic score of Fidelio. Because the operas are different periods, styles and composers, I realize that it is unfair to compare the two works but, since there is a ready point of reference, it is difficult to avoid doing so.

    The staging, typical for Opera Lafayette, was minimalist with sturdy wood frames creating abstract spaces, with ropes hanging in between.


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    The first act, which sets up the crux of the drama, shows some comedic elements in relating the relationship between Jacquino and Marceline, and otherwise moves a whole lot slower than the Beethoven (the woman sitting to my right slept thru the entirety of Act I; the woman to my left spent the overture searching for God knows what in the bottom of her enormous pocketbook).

    The second act, which took place in the depths of the prison, was more familiar and less dialogue-centric. The act opened with a lovely aria sung by Jean-Michel Richer's Florestan. At this point, the score became a good bit more dramatic and focused on Leonore's struggle to find her husband and the injustice faced by Florestan. The jailer, Roc, was more reasonable and humane than Rocco in Fidelio, as he allowed Florestan a wineskin and also allowed Leonore to provide him with a bit of bread - all contrary to Pizare's orders. When Leonore steps in and prevents Pizare from terminating poor old Florestan, and the trumpet sounded announcing the Minister's arrival, it was a moment of justice prevailing, and I almost cheered.

    It was easy to imagine this fairly slight work playing in a small Parisian theater toward the end of the French Revolution, in 1798, with the audience then standing up and cheering for truth and justice after what they had experienced over the previous years.

    Because the opera is written in French, and is so dialog intensive, the cast was entirely French-Canadian and unknown to me. They excelled throughout, with Kimy Mc Laren's Leonore the standout voice during the afternoon.
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    I really wish a recording of this opera would be released -- if not Opera Lafayette's version, then perhaps the good folks at the Fondazione Palazzetto Bru Zane will support such an endeavor.

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