Corcoran Music Festival: Opera Lafayette: John Blow’s Venus and Adonis

Venus and Adonis

Opera Lafayette will perform a reimagined version of John Blow’s Venus and Adonis across two nights in celebration of their 25th anniversary, returning to the Corcoran’s Flagg Building, where they debuted in 1995.

John Blow’s Venus and Adonis, composed in the late 1600s, is one of the earliest known English operas. Telling the mythical story of Venus and Adonis across three acts, the opera draws on the French Baroque operas of the same era.

Opera Lafayette is an American period instrument ensemble focused on the French 18th-century opera repertoire and its precursors, influences and artistic legacy. Founded in 1995, Opera Lafayette inspires a love of this repertoire by presenting rediscovered masterpieces and creating a recorded legacy of its work. Opera Lafayette performs at the highest level of artistic excellence in major theaters in Washington, D.C., New York City and international venues. Opera Lafayette educates and creates new audiences for its repertoire by making opera accessible to the general public, families, young people and underserved audiences through its educational and outreach programs and performances in low-cost alternative venues.

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