L'heure espagnole | Wolf Trap
l'heure espagnole

L’heure espagnoleMaurice Ravel
Ward Stare, conductor
Wolf Trap Opera Artists

SAT 6/22 8:00 PM


The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall
Semi-staged performance of Ravel’s one-act comedy
Music by Maurice Ravel
Libretto by Franc-Nohain

Program also includes:
Benjamin Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Richard Strauss: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier

Torquemada is the most respected watchmaker in town, and by extension a very busy man. His wife, Concepcion, has found a number of ways to deal with her husband’s absences…most notably (and romantically) in the company of the poet Gonsalve, who is to arrive at any moment. But when strong and handsome Ramiro comes to the shop with a broken watch and decides to wait for Torquemada’s return, things get complicated.

In writing this piece, Ravel broke with convention: he patterned the vocal lines after the rhythm of spoken French. Between this new treatment of the text and the truly virtuosic instrumental writing (which taxed the abilities of the opéra comique ensemble), audiences were befuddled, and the piece was not warmly received. Happily, the quasi-parlando vocals and the expressive instrumental color are two of the very factors that contribute to its success in our modern era: it is delightful!

Concepcion - Taylor Raven
Gonsalve - Joshua Lovell
Ramiro - Joshua Conyers
Torquemada - Ian Koziara
Don Inigo de Gomez - Calvin Griffin


Conductor – Ward Stare
Director – Emily Cuk
Production Designer – Charles Murdock Lucas
Lighting Designer – Christopher Brusberg
Associate Costume Designer – Kristen Ahern


Assistant Conductor – Joel Ayau
Musical Preparation – Joel Ayau, Grant Loehnig
French Coach – Jocelyn Dueck
Production Stage Manager – Julie Marie Langevin


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This performance is part of Wolf Trap Opera's UNTRAPPED programming initiative.

UNTRAPPED performances take WTO artists into various communities in the larger D.C. area, bringing the thrill of live vocal music to new places and unexpected spaces.

Dan and Gayle D’Aniello
Wolf Trap 2019 Season Underwriters

Dan and Gloria Logan
2019 UNTRAPPED Series Sponsors

SAT 6/22 8:00 PM