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1. * L'amant Anonyme
2. Act I: Overture
3. Act I: Air: Depuis Longtemps Mon Coeur Soupire (Valcour)
4. Act I Scene 2: Dialogue (Ophémon, Valcour)
5. Act I: Duo: Tant de Constance (Valcour, Ophémon)
6. Act I Scene 3: Dialogue Part 1 (Valcour, Léontine, Dorothée)
7. Act I: Ariette: Son Amour, Sa Constance Extrême (Léontine)
8. Act I Scene 3: Dialogue Part 2 (Léontine, Valcour, Dorothée)
9. Act I: Choeur: Chantons, Célébrons Notre Dame (Jeannette, Colin, Valcour, Ophémon, Dorothée)
10. Act I: Ballet
11. Act I: Chanson: Jouissez de L'allégresse (Jeannette, Colin, Valcour, Ophémon, Dorothée) Act I Scene 4: Dialogue (Léontine)
12. Act I: Danse
13. Act I Scenes 5 - 6: Dialogue (Léontine, Dorothée, Valcour)
14. Act I: Quinqué (Léontine, Valcour, Ophémon, Jeannette, Colin)
15. Act II: Récitative: Enfin Une Foule Importune... Amour Deviens-Moi Propice (Léontine) Act II Scene 1: Dialogue (Léontine, Oph
16. Act II: Duo: Ah! Finissez de Grce (Léontine, Ophémon)
17. Act II Scene 2: Dialogue Part 1 (Léontine, Ophémon)
18. Act II: Air: Aimer Sans Pouvoir Le Dire (Ophémon)
19. Act II Scene 2: Dialogue Part 2 (Léontine, Ophémon)
20. Act II: Airette: Du Tendre Amour (Léontine)
21. Act II Scene 3: Dialogue (Léontine, Ophémon, Valcour)
22. Act II: Duo Dialogué: Non, Non, Je Ne Puis Rien Entendre (Léontine, Valcour)
23. Act II Scene 4: Dialogue (Léontine, Valcour)
24. Act II: Trio: Ah! Quel Trouble M'agite (Léontine, Valcour, Ophémon)
25. Act II Scene 5: Dialogue (Léontine, Ophémon)
26. Act II: Ballet
27. Act II: Choeur
28. Act II: Ballet
29. Act II: Marche
30. Act II Scene 6: Dialogue (Jeannette, Dorothée, Colin, Valcour)
31. Act II: Quatuor: Aimons-Nous Sans Cesse (Léontine, Valcour, Jeannette, Colin)
32. Act II: Contredance Générale
33. Act I: Overture
34. Act I: Air: Depuis Longtemps Mon Coeur Soupire (Valcour)
35. Act I: Duo: Tant de Constance (Valcour, Ophémon)
36. Act I: Ariette: Son Amour, Sa Constance Extrême (Léontine)
37. Act I: Choeur: Chantons, Célébrons Notre Dame (Jeannette, Colin, Valcour, Ophémon, Dorothée)
38. Act I: Ballet
39. Act I: Chanson: Jouissez de L'allégresse (Jeannette, Colin, Valcour, Ophémon, Dorothée) Act I: Danse
40. Act I: Quinqué (Léontine, Valcour, Ophémon, Jeannette, Colin)
41. Act II: Récitative: Enfin Une Foule Importune... Amour Deviens-Moi Propice (Léontine) Act II: Duo: Ah! Finissez de Grce (Léon
42. Act II: Air: Aimer Sans Pouvoir Le Dire (Ophémon)
43. Act II: Airette: Du Tendre Amour (Léontine)
44. Act II: Duo Dialogué: Non, Non, Je Ne Puis Rien Entendre (Léontine, Valcour)
45. Act II: Trio: Ah! Quel Trouble M'agite (Léontine, Valcour, Ophémon)
46. Act II: Ballet
47. Act II: Choeur
48. Act II: Ballet
49. Act II: Marche
50. Act II: Quatuor: Aimons-Nous Sans Cesse (Léontine, Valcour, Jeannette, Colin)
51. Act II: Contredance Générale

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Haymarket Opera, Chicago's premier early opera company that presents historically informed performances played on 18th-century classical era instruments, performs on this world-premiere recording of L'Amant Anonyme (The Anonymous Lover) by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799). Premiered in 1780, L'Amant Anonyme was the most successful of Bologne's six operas and is the only one to survive to the present day. Based on a play by the composer's patroness Félicité de Genlis, who was a respected writer of the era, the work is an opéra comique in two acts composed in the then-popular style that mixed sung parts with spoken dialogue. The stellar cast is headlined by 2005 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World soprano Nicole Cabell in the lead role of Léontine, opposite Chicago-native tenor Geoffrey Agpalo as her secret admirer Valcour. The cast also includes David Govertsen (Ophémon), Erica Schuller (Jeannette), Michael St. Peter (Colin), and Nathalie Colas (Dorothée). Company founder and artistic director Craig Trompeter leads the performance, conducting a 19-member contingent of the period-instrument Haymarket Opera Orchestra. Following Haymarket Opera Company's live performances of L'Amant Anonyme, the Chicago Tribune wrote, "Haymarket gave as delightful a production of this neglected bonbon as one could imagine," and praised Cabell's "expertly, convincingly shaded... radiant soprano" and Agpalo's "hall-filling, bel canto sensibility... his tenor plush, fluid, and lip-smackingly sweet." The Chicago Classical Review wrote, "Anonymous Lover carried a contemporary freshness and energy born of the caring ministrations of a strong ensemble of period instrumentalists, singers and dancers." Joseph Bologne, also known as the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, was among the 18th century's most extraordinary musical figures. He rose to fame among the European aristocracy as a virtuoso violinist, composer, and conductor; and was noted as one of the greatest swordsmen of his day and led numerous military campaigns as a high-ranking officer. Bologne was born in Guadeloupe to George Bologne, his Caucasian French father, and Nanon, his enslaved African mother. When his father was unjustly accused of murder, the family fled to France to avoid the younger Bologne being sold into slavery. Booklet essay titled "Silenced No More: Composer Joseph Bologne and the French Operatic Tradition" by Marc Clague, Professor of Musicology and Associate Dean at The University of Michigan Ann Arbor, provides historical context and insight into Bologne's life and the opera. Full libretto in original French and English translation included.