Sunday, March 17, 2024 @ 2:00pm – 3:15pm (EDT)
Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington, DC, United States
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Jacques OffenbachLa Perichole ("Songbird"; adaptation, arr. James Lowe)

New Orleans in the 1920s is roaring with decadence, but singers and lovers Songbird and Piquillo are down on hard times. As Mardi Gras arrives, the Mayor disguises himself and lures Songbird to be his mistress with the promise of food and lodging. Now Songbird must choose between financial security and true love. What's a hungry artist to do?

Jazz meets operetta in this playful new riff on Jacques Offenbach's La Périchole. Offenbach's comedic love story is transported to the glimmer and corruption of New Orleans during Prohibition, while his melodies are reimagined in the swinging style of the Jazz Age. Grammy Award–winning superstar mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard portrays a struggling artist torn between her livelihood and her love; while Tony-nominated leading man Ramin Karimloo stars as her fellow singer and lover. With toe-tapping music, glamorous costumes, mistaken identities, and comic twists, Songbird infuses Frenchman Street flair into the classic "opéra bouffe" while keeping all of its irresistible charm.

This performance features no intermission.

Runs Mar. 9-23. The March 17 performances includes audio description.

About Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano (Songbird)

About Ramin Karimloo, tenor (Piquillo)

About Edward Nelson, baritone (Don Andrès)

About Jonathan Patton, baritone (Don Pedro)