The Atlanta Opera’s acclaimed Discoveries series continues with The Anonymous Lover, an opera written in 1780 by the groundbreaking Black composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. A beautiful young widow begins receiving love letters from an anonymous source in this timeless comic love story. As she ponders the sender of these romantic overtures and wrestles with her own doubt of rediscovering love, her dear friend battles his own feelings of anxiety and yearning as the mysterious author of these notes of affection. True love is his goal, but time will tell if he finds his love requited.
Composer: Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges
Librettist: François-Georges Fouques Deshayes, Desfontaines
Based on the play: L’Amant anonyme by Stéphanie Félicité, Madame de Genlis
Premiere Date: March 8, 1780