5 Reasons to See The Anonymous Lover
Yours truly. For the first time ever, Minnesota Opera presents The Anonymous Lover, an opera written in 1780 by the groundbreaking Black composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. This comic romance about earnest vulnerability and steadfast devotion tells the story of a beautiful young widow who is doubtful about ever finding love again. When she begins receiving anonymous love letters, her close friend—and secret admirer— feigns amusement while anxiously working up the courage to confess to his role as the sender. Will their journey result in a woeful case of unrequited love? Or will true love prevail?
Here are five reasons why you shouldn’t miss this opera.
1) It’s not five hours long
As much fun as long operas are, The Anonymous Lover is only 90 minutes without an intermission. If you blink, you might miss it!
2) It’s about time…
It’s our first opera by a Black composer (and he’s really cool!). Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, did it all: riding, sporting, fencing, and more. He was considered by experts to be the finest swordsmen in all of Europe! Not to mention being one of the most important musicians in Paris. Go read his bio for more info!
4) We could all use a laugh
This opera is a lighthearted comedic romance showing just in time for Valentine’s Day! With twists, turns, and laughs this opera is sure to put a smile on your face.
5) Let’s go to the beach!
Trying to beat this cold, grey, Minnesota winter? Let’s go to the Caribbean! This colorful set is splashed with bright costumes and fantastic musical numbers. Jump in, the water’s fine.
Don’t miss out on this Caribbean vacation at the Ordway stage on February 5–13. Visit mnopera.org/lover for more info!