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Relive Opera Lafayette’s 2017 modern premiere of Gaveaux’s LÉONORE, OU L’AMOUR CONJUGAL on the big screen on Thu, Feb 6 at 8:00 pm at the Avalon. Join us after the film for an exclusive conversation with Ryan Brown and Oriol Tomas as they discuss both Gaveaux and Beethoven’s versions of Leonore (the latter of which Opera Lafayette performs on Feb 26 at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater). Hear from Brown and Tomas about the process of bringing these two pieces with the same story but different compositions to life as they compare both operas and discuss how each foreshadows Fidelio, Beethoven’s only opera. Learn also about what makes our upcoming production of Beethoven’s Leonore different than every other performance of this rarely-heard work.

A political prisoner awaits death in his cell. A woman puts herself in mortal danger to seek justice. With its atmosphere of revolution and tale of devotional romance and dramatic rescue from captivity, Pierre Gaveaux’s LÉONORE, OU L’AMOUR CONJUGAL was the direct forerunner to Beethoven’s Fidelio. Having been entirely overshadowed by its famous successor and lain hidden for centuries, this both darkly somber and entertainingly celebratory opéra comique is seen here in an acclaimed modern premiere whose timeless and inspiring story of female heroism and political injustice is as relevant today as ever.

Presented by Opera Lafayette
Tickets: $15.00 General Admission. A $5 discount is offered to AFDC members! Please contact Dr. Raphaela Kitson-Pantano at
Please note that tickets are NOT available from the Avalon Box Office.
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Turn-of-the-century French sculptor Camille Claudel was a groundbreaking artist and a revolutionary free-thinker – but her entire life was determined by the men around her, from her passionate and tumultuous love affair with Auguste Rodin to her unsupportive brother to the gender-based censorship of her work.

However, by combining her artistic genius with fierce independence, she defied society’s limitations to create captivating masterpieces that pushed the art world to new heights.

The MAX Theatre transforms into famed sculptor Rodin’s studio to bring their creative and lovers’ duel to life in a stunning and gorgeous new musical of an irrepressible visionary who broke the mold.

AFDC members get a 20% discount! To get your discount code, please contact Natasha Zavadskaia at