Two old, obscure operas

Don’t I make it sound tempting?

The DC-based company Opera Lafayette brings its production of Le Deserteur, a 1769 opera-comique by Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny, of whom I am not particularly ashamed to say I have never heard, to Rose Hall on Wednesday, February 4. William Sharp, of whom I have heard, sings the hero and the choreography is by Baroque dance specialist Catherine Turocy.

If you’d rather be stuck on a Desert Island with Mark Morris and Joseph Haydn, Gotham Chamber Opera will give five performances of L’Isola disabitata (1779) between Feb. 18 and 28 at the Lynch Theater at John Jay College. Morris directs, Neal Goren conducts.

(Coming Attractions updated accordingly.)


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