World-Renowned Opera Lafayette to Perform in the Great Hall at Stratford Hall

Media Contact: Jim Schepmoes



For Immediate Release                                                                                  

STRATFORD, VA, (March 23, 2015) – Join us on April 25, 2015 for an exciting collaboration between Stratford Hall and Opera Lafayette. This collaboration will bring this internationally famous Opera to Stratford Hall for a one-night performance in the historic Great Hall.

Founded in 1995 in Washington, DC, by Conductor and Artistic Director Ryan Brown, Opera Lafayette has earned critical acclaim and a loyal following for its performances and recordings with international singers renowned for their interpretations of baroque and classical operas.

The New York Times has said, “Opera Lafayette … has built a sterling reputation through specializing in rarities by Gluck, Grétry and the like.” Opera Lafayette’s season includes performances at major venues in Washington, DC, and New York City. At the invitation of Château de Versailles Spectacles, Opera Lafayette made its international debut at the Opéra Royal in February 2012 with the modern world premiere of Monsigny’s Le Roi et le fermier. France’s Opéra Magazine said, “This production should be noted and remembered in the annals of Versailles, for the intelligence of its staging, the beauty of its sets, and its high musical quality.” Opera Lafayette returned to Versailles for five sold-out performances of its French Così in 2014.

Opera Lafayette specializes in re-capturing the music of the 17th and 18th century. The artists for the Stratford Hall program will be soprano Pascale Beaudin, tenor Charles Humphries, violinists Ryan Brown and Elizabeth Field, cellist Loretta O’Sullivan, and harpsichordist Andrew Appel.

The performance by Opera Lafayette in the Great Hall will be a magical event. Seating will be limited to seventy-five people, so this will be a very intimate affair – just as it would have been in the 18th century.

In addition, to the performance, the Inn at Stratford Hall will offer a post-concert dinner. Tickets to the performance only are $100 per person; the performance, including cocktails and dinner are $200 per person. Overnight accommodations are also available on a limited basis. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Regina Pitts, 804-493-8919, or by email at For more information on events at Stratford, visit

About Stratford Hall

Stratford Hall is one of the great houses of American history. Its magnificent setting on a high bluff above the Potomac River and its bold architectural style set it apart from any other colonial house, but its highest distinction is the family of patriots who lived there, the Lees of Virginia. Stratford Hall is the birthplace of Robert E. Lee and the home to the only two brothers to sign the Declaration of Independence, Richard Henry Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee.

For more information, visit, or call 804-493-8038.