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Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame

Dumbarton Oaks Music Room
January 27, 2019
04:00 PM to 05:30 PM
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Concert Performance with the Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program | Waiting list only

This onetime concert by young artists of the Washington National Opera transports us back a century to the golden age of opera. The key figure is Jules Massenet, commercially the most successful composer of the Belle Époque but artistically less well-known than younger contemporaries in France such as Claude Debussy or Gustave Charpentier. Massenet composed Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame, the best-known musical drama version of the medieval story. Flanking arias from this opera are other songs about minstrels and monasteries. The result is sure to be a very special performance.

Juggling the Middle Ages

Featuring more than 100 objects, Juggling the Middle Ages explores the influence of the medieval world by focusing on a single story with a long-lasting impact—Le Jongleur de Notre Dame or Our Lady’s Tumbler. The exhibit follows the tale from its rediscovery by scholars in the 1870s to its modern interpretations in children’s books, offering viewers a look at a vast range of objects, including stained glass windows, illuminated manuscripts, household objects, and vintage theater posters.