Napoleon and Josephine Go to the Opera…and Hear His Mistress Sing
Get a diva’s eye view of the world of opera during the reign of Napoleon.
In 1800s France, the “six degrees of separation” game might well have been played surrounding the opera singer, Giuseppina Grassini. Lover to both Napoleon and his nemesis, the Duke of Wellington, this star of the operatic stage was also the aunt of two operatic superstars, the Grisi sisters, and is part of a lineage that extends to Maria Callas and beyond. We’ll connect the past to the present via vocal excerpts performed by the Lyric Opera of Kansas City Resident Artists and view portraits of the major players that helped shape the Operatic and Napoleonic worlds.
In partnership with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City.