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Opera Lafayette presents: Une Éducation Manquée

Opera Lafayette,with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, presents Emmanuel Chabrier’s opera Une Éducation Manquée (An Incomplete Education) with libretto by Eugène Letterier and Albert Vanloo at The Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. 

The 19th-century one-act opera tells the story of lovers Gontran de Boismassif and Hélène de la Cerisaie, a young couple discovering they are woefully ill-prepared for the finer points of their wedding night. Seeking advice from his former teacher Pausanias, the groom berates the Professor for having given him “an incomplete education”.

With musical settings based on the poetry of Rosemonde Gérard (1871-1953) and Edmond Rostand (1868-1918), Une Éducation Manquée invites the audience back to the carefree days of adolescent love.

Presented in Chabrier's original version, with pianist Jeffery Watson and directed by French baritone Bernard Deletré, this production will be preceded by rarely performed songs by Chabrier. A free pre-performance discussion will take place in the Kennedy Center’s North Atrium Foyer an hour before the February 3 performance.

CAST LIST

Sophie Junker, Hélène

Belgian soprano Sophie Junker, returning to Opera Lafayette after her acclaimed performances of Grétry’s L’Épreuve Villageoise, studied at the IMEP (Institut Supérieur de Musiqueet de Pédagogie) in Namur, and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She is a Samling Scholar and winner of the first prize in the 2010 London Handel Competition and the 2012 International Cesti Competition.

Amel Brahim-Djelloul, Gontran

French Algerian soprano Amel Brahim-Djelloul, making her company debut, studied at the Ecole Nationale de Musique at Montreuil with Frantz Petri and then at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. She made her debut at the Festival International d'Art Lyrique at Aix-en-Provence in July 2005 in the role of Servilia in a new production of La clemenza di Tito.

Dominique Coté, Pausanias

Québécois baritone Dominique Côté has won several first prizes including the Concours International de chant de Canari and for operetta at the Concours International de chant de Marmande. Trained as an actor at L’école de théâtre de St-Hyacinthe and then as a singer with Lucette Tremblay in Montreal, he completed his training at the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal in 2010, where he worked under the direction of Gerald Martin-Moore.

Opera Lafayette is an American period-instrument ensemble that specializes in French repertoire, rediscovers masterpieces, and creates a recorded legacy of its work. Founded in 1995 in Washington, DC, by Conductor and Artistic Director Ryan Brown, Opera Lafayette has earned critical acclaim and a strong following for its performances and recordings with international singers renowned for their interpretations of baroque and classical operas. 

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