Haymarket Opera & Cedille Records: L’Amant anonyme

A Part of the WFMT Radio Network Opera Series

For cast lists, please visit the Opera Series Overview.

The WFMT Radio Network is pleased to feature Haymarket Opera Company’s exceptional 2022 production of Joseph Bologne, the Chevalier de Saint-Georges’ L’Amant anonyme. The recording of this production was made by Cedille Records in a preview broadcast, with an upcoming album release of L’Amant anonyme in 2023.

Haymarket brings the Chevalier de Saint-Georges’ only extant opera to the stage in a blockbuster period production featuring a star-studded cast, sumptuous ballets, the complete original French dialogue, wigs and costumes fit for Marie Antoinette herself, and a full orchestra of rarely heard late-eighteenth-century instruments.

Nicole Cabell, a Cardiff Singer of the World and acclaimed international soprano, leads the cast in her Haymarket debut as the beautiful young Léontine, widowed by an unfaithful husband. Tenor Geoffrey Agpalo, also in his company debut, portrays her dear friend Valcour, who has been wooing her with gifts and anonymous letters while he waits for her broken heart to heal. Haymarket favorites David Govertsen (Ophémon), Erica Schuller (Jeannette), Michael St. Peter (Colin), and Nathalie Colas (Dorothée) are all conspirators in the amorous ruse.

Hear the Chevalier de Saint-George’s virtuosic score played by an orchestra of Classical period instruments conducted by HOC artistic director Craig Trompeter.

In the French tradition, L’Amant anonyme overflows with stylish dance, performed by members of the Haymarket Opera Ballet.

HOC’s new production is choreographed and directed by Sarah Edgar and produced by Chase Hopkins. Stephanie Cluggish returns as costume designer. Wendy Waszut-Barrett, Brian Schneider, and Megan Pirtle make their Haymarket debuts as set, lighting, and wig designers.


About the Host

Lisa Flynn has been a program host and producer for WFMT since 1991. She presents The New Releases and has hosted many programs for the WFMT Radio Network, including War Letters (which won the 2002 Peter Lisagor Award) and a series of live broadcasts from Salzburg to celebrate Mozart’s 250th birthday in 2006. As WFMT’s midday weekday announcer, Lisa hosts live studio performances and interviews guest artists including Renée Fleming, John Adams, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, John Eliot Gardiner, and many others. Before coming to Chicago, Lisa presented classical music at WOSU in Columbus, Ohio, and at WMFE and WUCF in Orlando, Florida. She holds a music degree from the University of Central Florida.


This program is a part of the WFMT Radio Network Opera Series, a series designed to complement the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts to fill out the year with great Opera content. The series begins in June and lasts until December.


Category: Operas
Duration: 2-hour / Varies by Opera
Frequency: Flexible
Availability: 11/05/2022 - 11/11/2022

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