La Favorite soars to lyrical heights in the breathtaking original French version of Gaetano Donizetti's powerful Spanish-tinged story of love thwarted. What starts with betrayal, ends in triumph. Donizetti wrote this work at the height of his career and his creative genius, and it's one of the few operas with a mezzo-soprano in the title role. Set amidst the Moorish invasion of medieval Spain, it's filled with the passions of war, love and sacrifice. Léonor, the mistress of the powerful King of Castile, falls in love with the devout monk Fernand. The resulting love triangle brings Léonor both happiness and despair. Featuring Metropolitan Opera star Kate Lindsey and bass John Relyea, whose "sound is like night itself, solid and deep" (The Plain Dealer), Washington Concert Opera presents this lushly lyrical work under the direction of artistic director and conductor Antony Walker, in French with English supertitles, at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium.