Offstage: Joseph Bologne’s ‘The Anonymous Lover’’
January 26 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Join the Minnesota Opera and the Alliance Française as they partner together to share a preview of Opera’s upcoming performance with our community. The Minnesota Opera’s Offstage series aims to engage with a diverse range of audiences and foster a love and appreciation of opera and fine arts!
The Anonymous Lover, a French chamber opera, was written in 1780 by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. This charming piece is an opéra comique based on the play of the same name by Stéphanie-Félicité de Genlis, who was a largely self-taught educator, novelist, and playwright. Pierre Desfontaines, a journalist and the founder of new literary criticism and journalism in France, adapted Madame de Genlis’s play to create the libretto for Saint-Georges’s opera. The opera premiered on March 8, 1780, in Paris, and it remains an important work because it is one of the earliest known operas by a Black composer.
Offstage: Joseph Bologne’s The Anonymous Lover at Alliance Française will feature musical performances by some members of the Minnesota Opera, collaborative conversations, trivia, visual exhibits showcasing set and costume designs, and more!
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