January 6, 7, 8, 2022, at 7:30 PM and January 9, 2022, at 2:30 PM
At the Marigny Opera House
On April 8, 1975, Josephine Baker took the stage for the last time before a packed audience of fans and celebrities in Paris, performing a revue that extolled her own five-decade career in spectacular fashion. Just four days later she would pass away.
Cipullo’s single-scene, one-act opera imagines a backstage moment with Josephine Baker before this final, exultant performance. She explains the soaring highs and the devastating lows of her life to an unseen journalist, the scene made especially poignant by our knowledge that this impending performance will be her last.
JOSEPHINE the ballet, directly following JOSEPHINE the opera, will feature five dancers from the Marigny Opera Ballet, including Lauren Ashlee Messina, who will choreograph the piece and star as Josephine Baker. The new ballet is a recreation of a Parisian revue circa 1925, and will include six songs of the period, which will be mastered into a soundtrack by New Orleans jazz great Lawrence Sieberth.
JOSEPHINE the opera
Music and Libretto by THOMAS CIPULLO
Directed by LAUREN TURNER
Conducted by JERI LYNNE JOHNSON
The Jerry W. Zachary and Henry Bernstein Maestro Chair
Josephine – LAQUITA MITCHELL
THE LOUISIANA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Sung in English with English supertitles
JOSEPHINE the world premiere ballet
Choreographed by LAUREN ASHLEE MESSINA
Music by LAWRENCE SIEBERTH
Josephine – LAUREN ASHLEE MESSINA
Opera Running Time: 35 MINUTES | Ballet Running Time: 25 MINUTES (no intermission)
An Homage to Josephine Baker