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L'Amant Anonyme by Joseph Bologne
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What's cool about this evening:
- It’s a chance to experience an 18th-century opera that’s just now increasing in prominence. Check out this Operawire article for more information.
- One of the earliest known composers of color, Joseph Bologne, Chevalier Saint-Georges rose to fame in the period before the French Revolution.
About L’Amant Anonyme
L'Amant Anonyme is an 18th-Century opera that tells the story of a lover afraid to reveal his true identity to the object of his affections. This is perhaps modeled on the composer. Chevalier de Saint Georges' own experience as someone of African ancestry, able to love—but never marry—a European woman. One of the earliest known composers of color, Saint-Georges rose to fame in the period before the French Revolution. He was known as the black Mozart. Our adaptation of his only surviving complete opera score would incorporate the composer's swashbuckling biography and would celebrate the unusual environment of Saint-Georges' life.
Heather Mathews*, director
Curt Pajer*, conductor
Leontine - Whitney Campbell ‘22 & Jayne Diliberto
Jeanette - Kaylee Miltersen ‘21 & Hope Nelson ‘22
Valcour - Alex Granito ‘22 & Christopher Wall ‘22
Ophémon - Keaton Brown ‘21 & Kurt Winterhalter ‘21
Colin - Alaska Coombes ‘22 & Michelle Skylar ‘22
Dorothée - Katie Ahmann ‘21