It's no surprise that New Orleans loves Joan of Arc. Between a golden statue located near the French Market to the Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc and their annual parade that takes place on her birthday (and kicks off Carnival Season), the city shows their fondness and appreciation for the young French heroine in many ways. The New Orleans Opera Association is continuing the celebrations with their upcoming performances of Tchaikovsky's Joan of Arc (The Maid of Orleans).
The 19th century opera will be performed at the Mahalia Jackson Theater on Friday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 9 at 2:30 p.m. The opera tells the story of the 17-year-old, who was instructed by a choir of angels to "chart the destiny of war-torn France." Joan, who was a peasant, won the trust of the future King Charles VII and was appointed the leader of the French army and lifted the siege of Orleans. With the help of her army, the French won each battle and successfully defeated the English. She was eventually captured, tired for witchcraft and heresy, and executed at the stake.
Hilary Ginther stars as the saint, with Casey Candebat portraying King Charles VII. The opera is conducted by Robert Lyall and directed by Jose Maria Condemi. Tickets are available for purchase here.