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Lovers of French Baroque opera in the DC area are faced with an embarrassment of riches this evening.

Tonight in Washington at the Terrace Theater, Opera Lafayette is presenting the first program of its 15th season: Charpentier's salon opera "Les Arts Florissants," plus some choreographed musical inserts the composer wrote to be performed in a comedy by Molière, sung by François Loup.

Tonight in Baltimore, the Peabody Opera Workshop is presenting three one-act "French" operas -- "French" in quotes because the third opera, Donizetti's "Rita," is at least of mixed parentage. But Rameau's "Adonis" and Gluck's "L'ivrogne corrigé" certainly qualify for the national tag, and are little-known works into the bargain.

It's only too bad that both of these events are happening on the same night.

By Anne Midgette  |  October 19, 2009; 6:30 AM ET
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