Recapturing the humor and immediacy of the original, Nick Olcott and Ryan Brown have adapted Philidor’s opéra comique Le marechal ferrant to the late 19th-century American West. Opéra comique originally integrated French vaudeville songs, allowing for audience sing-alongs. Honoring this, Brown has woven in popular American folk songs of the time, and invites the audience to participate by joining in. Do not miss “ninety welcome minutes of charm and cheer” (Opera Canada).
The production features the return of Joshua Conyers, Dominique Côté, Pascale Beaudin, Arnold Livingston Geis, and Frank Kelley each of whom will reprise their roles for this Washington, DC premiere. New to the cast and making her Opera Lafayette main stage debut is Emilie Faiella. The orchestra features Ryan Brown on his fiddle, Denver native Dylan Kober on guitar, and Doug Balliett on contrabass, previously heard with Opera Lafayette in An Evening of Monteverdi. This performance is like “…nothing you have ever seen from Opera Lafayette, or anyone else for that matter,” writes Mike Rogers of OperaGene.
“You have never seen anything quite like this from Opera Lafayette, or from anyone really.” — Mike Rogers, OperaGene
“The Blacksmith demonstrates opera’s power to bind and heal.”
— Whitney Fishburn, DC Metro Theatre Arts
“This unique staging and musical treatment got cleverly restyled for the Plains, circa 1900 ... [and] made for a diverting and tuneful ninety minutes.”
— David Shengold, Opera News
Attend a free pre-show cocktail reception starting at 6:30 PM and a post-performance champagne and dessert reception. Attire matching the event's theme of "Denim & Diamonds" is encouraged.
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