Le Maréchal Ferrant

Opera Lafayette Presents

Le Maréchal ferrant (The Blacksmith)

May 14, 7pm

François André Danican Philidor, Composer
François-Antoine Quétant, librettist
Nick Olcott, translator
Nick Olcott and Ryan Brown, adaptors


Opera Lafayette presents the modern premiere of Philidor’s Le Maréchal ferrant (The Blacksmith) (1761), bridging city and country and celebrating rural themes and audience participation. The company will rehearse and present the debut performance in the Mancos Opera House in southwestern Colorado before bringing the performances to Washington DC and New York.

For the first time Opera Lafayette translates an 18th-century French opéra-comique to be sung and spoken in English, recapturing the humor and immediacy of the original by adapting the story to the late 19th-century American West and integrating American folk songs into the plot where French folk songs were originally sung. The folk songs include familiar tunes like “Buffalo Gals” which invite audience participation as well as ones with insightful social commentary like “When I was Single” and “Darlin’ Corey”. Prepare to sing along with our cast!


Lisa Schlenker*, scenic design
Marsha LaBoeuf*, costume Ddesign
Keri Thibodeau*, lighting design

Laurent Deleuil*, Marcel
Pascale Beaudin, Claudine
Véronique Filloux, Jeannie
Jack Swanson*, Cody
Frank Kelley, Slim MacBride / Banjo
Jonathan Woody, Eustis

Ryan Brown, violin
Adam Gardino, guitar
Doug Balliett, contrabass

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Event Detail

May 14, 2020 7:00 pm
May 14, 2020 9:00 pm


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