The Anonymous Lover

February 5–13, 2022

Music by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges
Libretto by Desfontaines

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?

Sung in French with English translations.

Individual tickets for The Anonymous Lover go on sale November 2021. 2021–2022 Season packages are available now!

Cast & Creative Team

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Synopsis

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Act I

Valcour has been hopelessly in love with Léontine, a beautiful young widow, for years. With the help of his trusted accomplice Ophémon, Valcour has been showering Léontine with a stream of gifts …

Composer Biography

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Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, was born in 1745 on a plantation in the French Caribbean colony of Guadeloupe. He was among the most important musicians in Paris during the pre-revolutionary period.

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